Ancestral Hall at Luk Keng, Hong Kong

Just last week, we came across this ancestral hall in the Luk Keng Village during our hiking.

This hall is by no means exceptionally beautiful; it seems quite an ordinary ancestral hall to me.

However, the hall is newly renovated and was lit by Chinese lanterns during the Chinese New Year.

I have always been interested in such halls and I took  a couple of shots. You can see from these images that the place is much adorned.

Ancestral halls allow a window into Chinese history, they are a place of ancestor worship and local gods worship in Chinese culture. Ancestral halls are closely linked to the Confucian culture culture and the emphasis that it places on  filial piety.CIMG3711

Ancestral hall exhibits a unique type of Chinese traditional architecture. Be it the design, structure, decoration or spatial arrangement and organization, the ancestral halls embody Chinese traditional morals and rituals, as well as the philosophical underpinning of man’s kinship with nature. They serve functional, symbolic and expressive purposes, which appeal to visitors. It is indeed an important exemplification of the Chinese cultural system.CIMG3712

Ancestral hall is a pleasant blending of traditional Chinese official and vernacular architecture. It has both solemn ambiance and welcoming scale. It also richly embraces Chinese humanity, religion and philosophy.

Furthermore, ancestral halls are symbols of clan culture and internal cohesiveness as they are built with the concerted wealth and manpower of the whole clan. Ancestral hall is also a space of power which has built up through the dialogue and interaction amongst the nation, the region and the clan. As such, ancestral halls have rich historical, architectural, aesthetic and cultural values worthy of research.

26 thoughts on “Ancestral Hall at Luk Keng, Hong Kong

    • Hi, it was an ancestral hall of the ancestors of those people living in the small village known as Luk Keng. I like hiking, I need to pass through the village before I can get up to the hills behind. This time, I found they have beautifully renovated the hall and I took the opportunity of taking the photos!

  1. The Ancestral hall looks glorious via your lens, Michael. Thank you for the background information.
    Currently, the liking is not working on my iMac, will be back…

    • I also have problems with slow loading of WordPress and also the notifications – although I have done nothing to the settings. Hope you will be alright soon!

    • One important thing is that they kept in the hall a book listing all names of the people of various generations, passing down to the present. They hold important meetings there and celebrate the festivals together there!

  2. How beautiful! I really liked the red lamps..

    The red color of these photos is radiant and invites us to look at and enjoy for a long time.

    The text accompanying the photos is also very good and instructive.

    • I think I didn’t explain too much of the photos. The first photo was taken from the outside showing the main doors and the lanterns. The walls are constructed of traditional grey bricks. As I stepped inside, there was another set of doors, opening out to a hall with high ceiling, again we have lanterns. I don’t think I know enough of ancestral hall – I need to do further research on this. Regards, Michael

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