Stonework at Tua Peh Kong Temple, Bukit Mertajam

While Dr. Tan and I were going around the temples in Bukit Mertajam quite by chance we stumbled across a Chinese temple dedicated to the god Tua Peh Kong in Kampong Baru.

In fact we had been looking to post a letter and where we stopped to accomplish that task I saw the temple and decided to have a look while Dr. Tan posted the letter.

It is situated along a street hosting rows of shops and is one of those places easily missed or overlooked in the clutter of business-as-usual.

Well it was quite a find! The stone work has obviously been done in China and imported, which must have been expensive as the work is very well done.

I could recognise one of the stories illustrated, which is of the Arahat Pindola taming the tiger, but most of the characters elude me. If anyone can add to our knowledge please leave a comment below.

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Tua Peh Kong
Tua Peh Kong

Temple Roof
Temple Roof

Dragon
Dragon

Money Come Window
Money Come Window

God
God Tua Peh Kong

God
God

Pelican
Pelican

Flowers
Flowers

Lotuses
Lotuses

Donation Plaque
Donation Plaque

Pindola
Pindola

Pindola
Pindola

Tiger Dragon
Tiger Dragon

Tiger Dragon
Tiger Dragon

Unidentified Characters
Unidentified Characters

Unidentified Characters
Unidentified Characters

Unidentified Characters
Unidentified Characters

Unidentified Characters
Unidentified Characters

Unidentified Characters
Unidentified Characters

Tree
Tree

Doves
Doves

Lion
Lion

Fish
Fish

Flowers
Flowers

View of Pillar and Wall
View of Pillar and Wall

 




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2 comments to Stonework at Tua Peh Kong Temple, Bukit Mertajam

  • Terasi

    Those are beautiful! How old are they? Reminds me of my teens time when I sought teachings at Chinese temples and got confused with the myriad of deities adopted from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. A basket of salad indeed. But I am still moved when I see beautiful temples. I think I see Guan Yu (Sangharama Boddhisatva), and characters from Ba Xian Guo Hai: Li Tieguai, Han Zhongli, and Lan Caihe. But I can be wrong, why don’t you ask the temple attendant, Bhante?

  • Anandajoti

    Hi Terasi and thanks for the comment. I think the stonework must be quite new. When we were there there was no attendant around, but Dr Tan later informed the committee and I may be able to get more info when I am next out. But I will have to wait for Dr Tan to return from China, so it will be a couple of weeks.

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