魯班先師廟 lo pan temple

lo pan temple roof

2013.2.11 | 西區青蓮台 ching lin terrace, kennedy town

魯班廟幾近一百三十歲。祂的外表也流露其歲月。

坐落西環清僻的青蓮台,有點落泊寂寥吧,但頤養天年大抵就是在如此環境。閒時探訪的是鴿鳥。

這是屋頂近攝。正脊上保存精緻的石灣陶塑裝飾。 近日乘車經過灣仔大道東的洪聖廟,香火不絕,可惜在歷史建築甚有缺失。廟頂上的塑裝都變成無頭公仔。

lo pan temple is a rare kind. it worships lo pan,  a personality lived almost 2,000 years ago in china. he excelled in many things, but chinese know him as a carpenter the most. lo is regarded as the patron saint of builders and contractors. this building was funded and built by builders and contractors in hong kong and southern china in the qing dynasty to commemorate the god of their trade.

it is a grade 1 historic building and has many historic, architectural and art treasures; one being the delicate and fascinating shiwan ceramic figurines and details along the ‘vertebra’ of the rooftop, as in this photo.

another enchanting point about this temple is the location. it is in a corner of the elevated ching ling terrace in kennedy town. it feels almost rural. a historical, tradition and architecture gem worth a quiet home to retire.

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