What? Chinese Temple
Where? Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Lost Ratings: **
One of the largest Chinese temples in Kota Kinabalu, the Puh Toh Sze temple is located on a small hill along Jalan Tuaran in Likas, a suburb about 10 minutes away from the city centre. Built in 1980, the construction of the temple was made possible by the generous contributions of many parties. The land on which the temple sits was donated by the government. Local Buddhists donated RM1 million, while construction material, sand and bricks were provided free by local contractors. The arch leading to the main hall was paid by a local millionaire.
The first thing that grabs your attention upon climbing the small hill, is the 10m-tall, 30000-pound Goddess of Mercy statue. The statue was brought here in small pieces all the way from Taiwan by ship and assembled by Taiwanese craftsmen locally. Cost of the statue itself is reputed to be around RM10,000.
Lining up on both sides of the stairs leading up to the temple are 10 smaller statues of deities. The main hall has 3 Buddha statues, while the newer part of the temple at the back has a big sleeping Buddha statue and statues of the 18 arhats.
A unique feature of this temple is a library with books on Buddhism in Chinese and English which is open to all. Another distinguishing feature is a massive bell weighing 3500lb and 7ft high. This bell is rung 108 times every morning at 6am. The number coincides with the beads on a Buddhist rosary and the Buddha’s name is repeated with each ring. Devotees paid RM100 to have their names inscribed on the bell.
* The information above is based on notes provided by a tourism school.