in Hong Kong - New Territories
Yi Tai Study Hall is situated at Shui Tau Village,
Yuen Long. It was built by the Tang clan of Kam
Tin who came to settle in this fertile plain as
far back as the 11th century. According to local
legends, Yi Tai Study Hall was built towards the
end of Daoguang reign (1821-1850) to accommodate
the two immortals, Man Cheong and Kwan Tai (literary
and martial gods respectively). Both were originally
worshipped in a fung shui pagoda erected nearby
to boost scholarship but the pagoda was later demolished.
Subsequently, a group of 16 local scholar-gentry
formed a society called the Tang Yi Tai Wui (The
Tang Society of the Two Immortals) for the construction
and operation of a new study hall which was named
Yi Tai Study Hall, i.e. study hall of the two immortals.
The building was built purely for use as a study
hall and its architecture is therefore simple and
functional. Restoration work was completed in 1994.
The building is now open to the public.