Sitting at the bottom of Kowloon, Lei Yue Mun fishing village sells some of the freshest seafood in town and has other great sites such as a Tin Hau temple.
Unknown to many outsiders, The 852 is home to many natural and cultural spots including hiking trails, historic buildings and islands around Hong Kong. Discover one of the city’s secret gems, by exploring Lei Yue Mun, a fishing village in the centre of Hong Kong that features great seafood, temples and fishing boats.
Explore Lei Yue Mun
Technically, Lei Yue Mun is a channel between Victoria Harbour and Tseung Kwan O, but when most people think of it, they refer to the fishing village located in Kowloon. To get to Lei Yue Mun, take the MTR to Yau Tong Station on the purple line, and exit through A2. Then, follow Cha Kwo Ling Road to the entrance of the village where two iconic Chinese carp statues signal that you’re in the right place.
1. Visit the seafood bazaar and alfresco restaurants in Sam Ka Tsuen
The first village you will come across is Sam Ka Tsuen. You can wander through the seafood markets for hours, looking at all the weird and wonderful fresh seafood, and one of the best things about the village is that you can buy anything from the markets, and then have it cooked at one of the nearby restaurants – #fresh!
2. Tin Hau Temple in Ma Wan Tsuen
After lunch, keep walking through to Ma Wan Tsuen, a village where you will find the local Tin Hau Temple which is said to have been built by a pirate! Painted a magnificent shade of red, the temple pays respect to Tin Hau, Goddess of the Sea, and inside, you can find spiralling rings of incense and offerings to the Goddess.
3. Feast at Sankason Suisan
After alighting at Sam Ka Tsuen ferry pier, Sankason Suisan is only a stone’s throw away. Take in the traditional Japanese decor while indulging in a variety of seafood. The large windows give an uninterrupted view of Sai Wan Ho in the distance and the view of the waves creates an illusion that you’re on a boat yourself. The restaurant’s must-try is their hamayaki that uses fresh catch of the day.
Sankason Suisan, East Wing, Sam Ka Tsuen Ferry Pier, Shung Shun Street, Lei Yue Mun, Yau Tong, Hong Kong, p. 2660 8798
4. Explore the terrain of Lei Yue Mun Quarry
A whole lot of construction materials were dug up at this old quarry in Lei Yue Mun. It’s located behind Sam Ka Tsuen, past the Tin Hau Temple, also quite easy to spot as it’s pretty Insta-famous amongst local photographers so follow the folks with the camera in hand. The stone houses and stone hills adjacent to the sea make this a great spot for unwinding.
Other things to do in Lei Yue Mun
Walking through the streets of the village, you will see little songbirds in cages and a variety of local street snacks – we thoroughly recommend the pork jerky from Nin Heung Yuen. The village also has some of the only stilt houses left in Hong Kong and features a well-known lighthouse located on a rock that can be accessed at low tide.
To get to Lei Yue Mun, take the MTR to Yau Tong Station, and exit through A2. Follow Cha Kwo Ling Road to the entrance of the village.