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Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall

Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall

Situated to the northwest at the foot of Lung Shan, Fanling, Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall is one of the largest ancestral halls in Hong Kong. Evidence suggest that the original building dates from 1525 to honour the founding ancestor, Tang Chung Ling (1302-1387) and has since then been the main ancestral hall of the Lung Yeuk Tau lineage. The whole building is exquisitely decorated with fine wood carvings, polychrome plaster mouldings, ceramic sculptures and murals of auspicious Chinese motifs, fully reflecting the superb craftsmanship of the olden days.

Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall

A major restoration was carried out in 1991 with a generous donation from the Hong Kong Jockey Club together with a modest contribution from the Government. The project was completed in mid 1992 under the supervision of the Antiquities and Monuments Office and the Architectural Services Department. It was declared a monument in 1997.

The ancestral hall was built in the early 16th century in memory of the founding ancestor, Tang Chung Ling (1303-1387), the sixth generation descendant of the clan. It is situated on a site in between Lo Wai and Tsz Tong Tsuen. It is a three-hall building with the "dong chung" placed at 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 the soul tablets of the Song princess and her husband Wai-Kap whose posthumous title was Fu Ma. Their soul tablets were elaborately carved with dragon head, which distinguished them from the others. The chamber to the left is dedicated to the ancestors who had made significant contributions to the clan or those who achieved high ranks in the imperial court. The chamber to the right, on the other hand, is for the righteous members of the clan, one of whom is Tang Si-meng, a brave servant who saved the life of his master. In the late 16th century, he was kidnapped with his master. Claiming to be the son of his master, he volunteered to be detained by the kidnappers in exchange for the release of his master to raise ransom. After the departure of his master, he jumped into the sea and sacrificed himself. He was awarded the posthumous title of "Loyal Servant" and worshiped in this hall.

The whole building is decorated with fine wood carvings, polychrome plaster mouldings, and murals of auspicious motifs. The Tang Chung Ling Ancestral Hall was declared a monument in November 1997. It is located along the Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail.

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