Category: Chinese Temple
Location: Kuching, Sarawak
Ratings ** Since you are here
Lost Ratings **
Situated prominently near the Waterfront, the Tua Pek Kong Temple in Kuching plays an important role in the lives of the Chinese community here.
The proper name of the temple is Siew San Teng Tua Pek Kong, and it is said that this is the oldest Chinese temple in Kuching. Various sources give different dates on when the temple was actually built, with the temple’s own brochure listing it as 1770. However, all agree that the temple was built before the 19th century.
The small temple is located at the sometimes busy intersection between Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Padungan, and it can feel like the remnant of another era when cars pass in front of the temple.
Tua Pek Kong is the main deity of the temple. Bodhisattvas such as Guan Yin and Kshitigarbha are also worshipped in this temple. Four main festivals are held at this temple annually, that is 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.
When the temple was first built, it was at a location with very good fengshui, with a hill at the back, and a river in front. The river has since been filled up. There is an interesting story on the fengshui of this temple on the website listed below.