"Visit the Temple of the God of War, Kuang Kong" Chinatown Tip by monina_c

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  • Visit the Temple of the God of War, Kuang Kong - Manila

Kuang Kong, AKA the God of War, AKA Patron of Martial Arts, AKA Patron of Scholars (when seated/reading). Kuang Kung who was a powerful and loyal general is also protector of Quan Yin, Goddess of Mercy. As C. Celdran puts it, in the spirit of assimilation, the Chinese believers calls Kuang Kong, Santiago. Go figure.

This Buddhist temple is open to the public. You can light incense sticks and put them in the urn at the entrance of the temple and utter your prayers. There is also these red wooden half moons you can use to have your fortunes told. Couch your questions in such a way that they're answerable by YES or NO! Swirl a pair of these wooden half disks over your incense sticks so they catch the smoke and then throw them to the floor. Identical faces means NO. Opposing figures means YES!

BTW, my friend S. L. tells me that, to quote him, "Guang Kong falls under Taoism though in Chinese religion, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are often portrayed together in the same temple." Thanks for the info S. L.

They appreciate donations of any amount.

Address: Kipuja Street, Binondo
Directions: The temple is located on the second-floor of a building on Kipuja Street.
From Ongpin Street turn left into Fernandez Street then left again into Kipuja Street

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 13, 2007
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