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Tua Pek Kong Temple, Kuching, Kuching Overview

Tua Pek Kong Temple is an old Chinese temple situated atop a foothill, opposite to the Kuching Esplanade. The focal point for the entire Chinese community in Kuching, and the oldest temple in the city, this temple serves as a major tourist attraction.

Apart from the rich Chinese culture that one can explore here, the views of the river and main bazaar that the temple offers are equally enticing. The ornately decorated temple and its architecture are worth taking a look at.

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Facts About Tua Pek Kong Temple

  • The temple is believed to be strong, for it is one of the few buildings that survived the 1884 Great Fire of Kuching.
  • Another popular belief surrounding the temple is that it has the best Feng Shui location in the city.
  • The primary deity of the temple is Tua Pek Kong, a Malaysian Chinese deity who is worshipped as the God of Prosperity.
  • Other deities worshipped in this temple are the Bodhisattvas such as Guan Yin and Kshitigarbha.
  • Elaborate celebrations such as the famous Wang Kang Festival is celebrated every year in the temple to commemorate the dead.
  • The four major festivals held at this temple annually are the birthday of Tua Pek Kong, the birthday of Tua Pek Kong’s tiger (which he rides on), the Hungry Ghost Festival, and the Ascencion Day of Tua Pek Kong. It is ideal to visit the temple during the times of festival celebrations.

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