|Kuk Po, Kai Choi School 谷埔, 啟才學校
Located near the sea-wall at San Uk Tsuen, the Kai Choi School was the only school on the Kuk Po plain. Built in 1931, the
construction was funded entirely by the villagers themselves and the design is inspired by the Guangzhou Military Academy
School. The school is firmly connected with Sung Miao-On, who became the local Kuk Po school headmaster. Sung Miao-On was
not originally from Kuk Po but had studied in Guangzhou at the Military Academy School. He came to Kuk Po and identified with
the people there who were of the same clan as he was...
As the population grew after the war, a new annex was constructed in 1964. However, the general exodus from the Hong Kong
countryside in favour of the city meant that by 1993 the number of school-age children had diminished so much that the school
was forced to close. The few remaining children then had to start their day with a boat ride across Starling Inlet to Sha Tau Kok.
The school also functioned as the community hall where villagers discussed village affairs. One of the school registers was
Sung Wong-Lon, one of the founding committee members of Heung Yee Kuk and the village representative in 1936.
The Hip Tin Temple is an integral part of the school and houses an altar to Kwan Tai, the God of War.
Kwan Yu was born in Shantung about 161 AD. Having killed a man in a fit of anger, he exiled himself and enlisted in the Imperial
army in 184 AD. Kwan Yu rapidly worked his way up in the army, becoming a general of great renown. Despite a tragic end in 219
AD, Kwan Yu became and remained for the Chinese people, a model of military ability and military virtues. He received official
recognition of a divine status in the early 1100s. In 1594, he achieved the full rank of a deity - Kwan Tai, the god-king.
With a rank equal to that of Confucius, Kwan Tai is a Taoist symbol of integrity and loyalty. People pray to Kwan Tai for
assistance, or to have something done. He was chosen as patron by the merchants of the guild, and as one of three patrons of
the men of letters. In Hong Kong, where his birthday is celebrated each year on June 15, he is recognized as the patron of the
police... and also of the triads!
|Hansen's Photo Gallery
|by Hansen's Events
|Kuk Po, Luk Keng, New Territories, Hong Kong
|Hansen's Events visits Kuk Po during these outings