Kuang Kong Temple – Manila, Philippines
Tucked away in the streets of Chinatown Manila Philippines (so-called Binondo), along the Kipuja Street, you can find this small Buddhist temple (Kuang Kong Temple) on the second floor of an ordinary looking building.
The temple takes its name from a Chinese deity who is known as the ‘God of War’ and the protector of Quan Yin (Goddess of Mercy). He is also the protector of the innocent, the loyal, the compassionate and the kind, a powerful and honorable general who stood by the kingdom, even though it cost him his life.
As the temple is open to the public, you can visit it to experience the spiritual atmosphere exemplified by the perfume of burning incense. And for those who may have some concerns, there are pairs of red wooden half-moon that you can use to have your fortunes told. Couch your questions in such a way that they are answerable by ‘yes’ or ‘no’ then swirl a pair of wooden half-moon over your incense sticks so they catch the smoke and then throw them to the floor. Identical faces mean ‘no’ while opposing figures means ‘yes’.
This hidden gem is also loved by local Chinese businessmen and many people come here in order to pray for good luck and to seek the advice from fortune-telling. After the visit to Kuang Kong temple, you can as well go for the second stop at Seng Guan Temple, which is not a long walk from Kuang Kong temple and is the biggest Buddhist temple in Chinatown. It also has an amazing architecture and many prayer rooms.