This is the inside view of the steel gate. The gate is kept closed
most of the time. To call for attention, there is a string with a sign board
"Please Ring the Bell" attached. Then visitors shall pull the string to ring the bell.
Somebody will come to open the main door.
Wat Sai Kung is in process to be granted
a construction approval from Hong Kong government.
Wat Sai Kung is a forest Thai Buddhist temple (วัดป่า).
Nothing fancy inside. Facilities in the compound are very basic. There is a main
"SALA (ศาลา), which is used for multipurpose activities,
a small area for food preparation, a container for monk resident, basic shower rooms
Normally Thai forest monks have stricter rules than other
monks. The abbot in this temple doesn't touch money.
Wat Sai Kung (วัดไซกุง) is a simple
but authentic Thai Buddhist temple for people looking for meditation retreat.
The main objective is to provide a place where Buddhist people and general
public, interested in meditation and wisdom, can come and practice.
At this present time among Thai Community,
this Thai temple is practically called "Wat Sai Kung" (วัดไซกุง)
but it is officially named by the "Hong Kong-Taiwan Dhammaduta Going Abroad Council" as
"Buddhist Monk's residence SRI SANTI" (ที่พักสงฆ์ศรีสันติ).
This is a simple rustic outdoor kitchen inside Thai Buddhist temple
called Wat Sai Kung.
Thai people, who work or reside in Hong Kong, will
usually come to Wat Sai Kung on their available day to offer food to the monk
and to participate in the morning chantings and meditation. They then take their
meal after meditation. Some stay on to do volonteer work such as taking care of the
vegetables garden. General public is most welcome to join.
The container has been modified as the monk's quarters ("KUTI" - กุฎิ).
Wat Sai Kung is more right now a house of priests
(สำนักสงฆ์) as it has not been yet consecrated.
It doesn't yet the nine sacred marker spheres ("LUUK NIMIT" -
ลูกนิมิต), that need to be buried in the temple compound.
There is a Buddha statue in meditation position located inside the
hall for sermons ("SALA" - ศาลา).
There are more attendants during religious festivities such as Thai New Year
This is not a Buddhist temple reserved for Thai people. Many local
Hong Kong Buddhist people also join. The temple abbot can speak Cantonese also.
Thai people paying respect to Buddha statue and listening to the wise
sayings of the temple abbot.
These is food which lay people brought along to offer to the monk.
After the chanting and blessing, the monk then parts to take his meal.
The Thai monk has to eat a tiny amount of all dishes, which are offered
by Buddhist devotees.
Forest monk takes only one meal per day.
Forest monks refrain from meal consumption after noon time. They also don't
Buddhist devotees are sharing and enjoying Thai meal together.
Meal includes rice, fruits, cakes, curries and so on...
After the lunch, people continue to have a chat with
the abbot and also come to offer some gifts for the temple.
There is a small pond with gold fishes and turtles so children do enjoy it.
As it is a forest temple, there are also mosquitoes!
To come to Wat Sai Kung from Choi Hung, the best is to take
double decker bus #92 or mini bus #1A. Visitors shall get off at Sai Kung bus terminal and
then take bus #94 to the temple as explained below.
Those two small buildings are storage rooms for dry foods, tools and miscellaneous items.
To come to Wat Sai Kung from Sai Kung, the best is to take
double decker bus #94 from Sai Kung bus terminal. Visitors shall get off at "Ah Kung Wan"
bus stop at the corner of Yan Yee Road that is situated in front of the house with a
shrine of Lord Brahma.
There is a colorful Shrine of Lord Brahma with elephants and Thai dancers figurines
in the house situated at the corner of Yan Yee road, which is just in front of
Wat Sai Kung.