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Tua Pek Kong Temple

kayes



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Tanjong Tokong. Every Chinese New Year, this temple predicts the forthcoming economy of Penang by reading the flames that burn at midnight.
· Date: January 4, 2009 · Views: 22318 ·
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kayes

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January 4, 2009 10:47am

http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/tuapek2.jpg
kayes

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January 4, 2009 10:48am

http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/tuapek3.jpg
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
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January 5, 2009 2:18am

Kayes, would you know if this temple was renovated recently? The roof and deco look new.

May the flames burn brightly for Penang this Chinese New Year and herald in a strong vibrant economy for the year of the Ox!
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
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January 5, 2009 4:13am

I remember visiting this old temple many times in the '70s but just couldn't recall its name until seeing it now. Thanks for the interesting info about flame-reading Penang's economy on Chinese New Year, Kayes. Does it take place on the first day of CNY or on Chap Goh Meh? This time next year, I'll be oh-so-torn between Ipoh and Penang! Smile


Blue Grass, I think you're right. The second picture does show up the newness of the roof and carvings in the foreground as compared to the ones at the back. And dare I add, the new carvings are strikingly different to the rest of the more intricate and older roof carvings.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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January 5, 2009 5:20am

hello Blue Grass & Phoebe, I am glad the both of you noticed. The "newer roof" is actually from a new temple about 100 meters away from the real Tua Pek Kong Temple. I was told that the new temple is a "subsidiary" of the Tua Pek Kong Temple and managed by the same Trustees. Pic below shows the "subsidiary" temple. Also I think the the ornaments on the new temple look plasticky and cheap while those at the old Tua Pek Kong Temple looks like original stuff ..... OEM equipment.


If I remember right, the flame reading ceremony is held on Chinese New Year's Eve and on that night, you will see that stretch of Jalan Tanjong Tokong packed with Mercedes and BMWs because many rich Chinese towkays support that temple and they go there to ask for prosperity during the ensuing year.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/tuapek76.jpg
Phoebe
Phoebe

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January 5, 2009 6:22am

Kayes, I'm glad you used the terms "plasticky and cheap", which are really apt descriptions. I was trying to be tactful for fear I might inadvertently offend other visitors, including the photographer himself. Smile


Thanks, too, for letting me know when the flame-reading ceremony takes place. Looks like I'll miss out on watching it as I'll definitely be in Ipoh for the traditional CNY Reunion Dinner with family.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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January 5, 2009 6:38am

Phoebe, when I pointed my Nikon at those "carvings" on the new roof, I actually thought I saw Road Runner from a Disney comic book Smile
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
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January 5, 2009 6:42am

Haha, Kayes, now that you mention it, yes, I can see what you meant.
blue grass

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January 5, 2009 2:23pm

Kayes, I nearly fell off my chair laughing at your 'Road Runner'. There is a resemblance, eh Phoebe?
kayes

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January 5, 2009 2:25pm

Blue Grass, not only a resemblance. I can also hear "Beep, Beep!"
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
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January 5, 2009 2:30pm

Yes, Blue Grass, there is. I was trying so hard not to burst into hysterics when I first read that line I nearly popped a vein. Smile!
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
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January 5, 2009 2:32pm

Kayes, you've really done it this time. I have tears streaming down my face as I type. Smile!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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January 5, 2009 2:33pm

There is a seafood restaurant just to the right of the temple. In the 70s I used to eat there often because one of the owners, Loh Kah Hin was my motoring friend. Kah Hin has since passed away at an early age. We both belonged to the Penang Motor Sports Club (where I was Vice-President and Kah Hin a Committee Member) and that place was sort of the meeting place for the club and we planned many activities from there while eating seafood.


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