Pak Tai Temple 北帝古廟

This is the most impressive temple in Wan Chai. Set back and away from the main thoroughfare of Queen’s Road East, it seems that not many tourists (or locals for that matter) make it over to this temple to visit or pray. 

On Sunday, it was a quiet and calm. We were the only visitors mid-afternoon and the only people in there besides the staff.

It’s free to enter and look around as long as your kids don’t touch or destroy anything. The statues and prayer alters are rich in color and there’s a stillness in the air that only thick stone and incense can create. 

many altars, a drum
pray, write your name

There are so many different altars for prayer, I will attempt to find out if they are for different reasons.

And then the impressive incense room. If you have a sensitive nose you might want to avoid this room.

Finally, if you’d like to know your luck for the year ahead (year of the monkey), the temple masters have it on display already.. So you know what to pray for.

Hososcope predictions

Please take note of the signs in the temple.

If you’d like to visit, get yourself to Wan Chai market and walk up Stone Nullah Street past the Blue House. You will only see it when you get to the end of the road.

Map to Pak Tai Temple

For families, grab a bite at Stone Nullah Tavern (western food) or drink at the 7Eleven on the way to the Temple. There’s a small sitting area next to the temple that you can sit and rest a while. Just check that the temple furnace isn’t going at full tilt… It exhausts out into the sitting area. 

Note: there are about 8 steps up to the temple so you’ll have to carry your stroller up. Best to leave it outside as there are steps and exposed traditionally wooden door frames which you’ll need to step over. These perform the all important function of keeping the hopping ghosts and vampires out.


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