last update 24/3/2002
( Shui Tsein / Shui Shin Temple )
赤柱水僊古廟十分不顯眼，可能連很多本區年青一輩也未有留意其存。它位於赤柱半島之西 ，赤柱大街最南端海濱，「八間屋」毗連之西北，即臨時新街市填海區堤岸南端對出的海角石岬之巔。僊乃古字，即仙也；故名思義，供奉的是一位水神，名水僊爺爺。( 有云即為「河伯」，待考。)
如要尋幽訪勝，請由「赤柱總污水泵房」( 前身為化糞池 ) 與礁石之間找小徑往上走四十步即見。廟旁有人家，但沒有惡犬，可放心參觀。
( 侯志輝 2002/3/24 圖、文)
" 由赤柱舊警署前入赤柱大街，暫別理會大街中店鋪，望東 南左行至街尾，疑前無去路時，直出海濱，小石崗面海處崗頂 古屋兩間，其一人居，另一即神住。那神住者稱「水僊古廟」。僊是古字，即今人常稱神仙的仙字。據考「僊」字遠在六朝時代最為常用，那麼，是否表示古廟已達數百年歷史呢，待考。但香港島以「水僊」恭奉的獨立廟赤柱灘畔這一間應是唯一的了。......並沒僊像，只立神牌..... "
( 陳溢晃• 1995赤柱龍舟競渡大賽場刊)
(Y28 網站 ，根據華人廟宇委員會資料改編
Ancient Shui Tsein Temple of Stanley
- Antiquity not to be forgotten
(Translation) The temple [otherwise called the Shui Shin Temple ] is really not conspicious at all. Many youngster may not even notice its existence. It was constructed on a seaside rock at the southern end of the Stanley Main Street, westner side of the penisular, neighbouring the Pat Kan ( Eight-unit Housing, Cantonese Baat Gaan). As its name implies, it is dedicated to a water deity, Father Shui Tsein. Shui means water, Tsein is the ancient form of the word Shin, meaning the immortals.( Hearsay information reveals that the immortal may be the "He Bai"[ Mandarin Chinese , meaning the govening father of the rivers]. ) It is said that this temple is even older than the Tin Hau Temple, (18th century, the actual date to be verified) yet it is always overshadowed by the conterpart. Even the HK Tourism Boards "Key Attractions" maps at Stanley memtion not a single word of it. The temple is just 2.5m high and deep , with a mere width of 3 meters and glaze green tiles on its roof. Inside it there are two plaques side by side on the altar, one for the water deity ( who grants netvigation safety) , one for the deity of wealth ( who grants bontiful fishing ). At the altar there is an incent pot togeter with 3 small cups of wine.
Without knowledge of the importance of the two deities to the fishermen, one will not understand the pair of antithetical couplet at the entrance.
It is said that in ancient times before light houses were common, the temple served the function not only as a ground for the fishermen to pray and worship, it was their netvigation landmark in daytime and guiding light after dusk.
Nowadays, at the two ends of the altar we can also find a small statue of Kwan Di [ an ancient general become deity for righteousness ] and a framed hand written plaque for Bodhidharma the First Patriarch [ of Chinese Zen Buddhism ] . They seems to be later introductions of quite some time.
Looking out from the reefs, visitors may wonder how the two temples of Shui Tsien and the Pak Tai (on the opposite side of the bay) seem not only have formed the door guards for the Chek Chue Wan (Stanley Bay), they seems to be the guarding gods on both sides of the Tin Hau Temple. As the Tin Hau Temple was built later than the Shui Tsein Temple, will it be possible that people intentionally add the Pak Tai Temple as an offering to the Goddess and with some consideration on the fung shui symmetry. It is just my theory. But amazingly, locals told me that they have actually once heard of such hearsay.
If you would like to explore this piece of momument, just find the path beside the sewage pumping station and take 40 steps or so up the reef among the huts. You will not be disturbed by barking dogs. Just enjoy your trip. Even though you may not take to worship, but merely studying from the interior the ancient style construction of the Chinese beam and overlapping tiles , as well as the traditional wooden door and its hinges worths a civic education lesson for modern city dwellers.
(Edwin Hou 2002/3)
"... to the east end of the
Main Street, with some difficulties you'll find the Shui Tsein
Temple next to a household on the rock stretching out from the
The old word TSEIN, meaning "the immortals", is most popular during the "Six Dynasties" Period several hundred years ago. Besides, it is only this temple in the Island worshipping solely this Water God. ...There is only a tablet, no statue inside ..."
(Mr Chan Yat Fong, 1995 Programme, Stanley Dragon Boat Races )