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Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall

Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall

Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall, the main ancestral hall of the Tang clan of Lung Yeuk Tau, is situated to the east of Lo Wai and was built in the early 16th century in memory of Tang Chung-ling, the founding ancestor. It is a three-hall building with the “dong chung”, the screen doors that prevent evil spirits from entering, placed in the central hall. The rear hall is divided into three chambers. The central chamber houses the soul tablets of the ancestors of the clan, including that of the Song princess and her husband Tang Wai-kap, whose posthumous title was Junma (husband of an imperial relative). Their soul tablet is distinguished from the others by the elaborately carved dragon’s head that adorns it. The chamber to the left is dedicated to ancestors who made a significant contribution to the clan or those who achieved a high rank at the imperial court. The chamber to the right, in contrast, serves to worship virtuous members of the clan, one of whom is Tang Si-meng. A servant who was kidnapped with his master in the late 16th century, he claimed to be his master's son and volunteered to be detained by the kidnappers while his master was released to raise the ransom. After his master departed, Tang Si-meng jumped into the sea and died, a sacrifice that earned him the posthumous title of “Loyal Servant”.

The building features altars, brackets, beams and eave boards, while the tops of the walls are exquisitely decorated with fine wood carvings, polychrome plaster mouldings and murals of auspicious motifs, all of which fully reflect the superb craftsmanship that was practised in the past. Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall was declared a monument in November 1997.

Open daily 9 am - 1 pm & 2 pm - 5 pm. Closed on Tuesdays, New Year’s Day, the first three days of the Chinese New Year, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall, Lung Yeuk Tau, Fanling will be partially closed from 12 August 2013 to 4 November 2013 for repair works. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

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