Uncommon devotion to temple expansion


Huge statues greet visitors upon their arrival at the temple in Sitiawan.

VISITORS to the Tua Pek Kong Temple in Sitiawan may come acrosss the sight of an elderly lady folding paper prayer items no matter what the weather is like.

On weekdays, there are not many visitors or devotees in the Tua Pek Kong Temple.

The elderly woman who sells prayer items in the temple’s open air mini hall is always there rain or shine.

Pointing to her out from afar, the temple’s committee member Kok Ching Kwong told MetroPerak during a visit to the temple the story of the woman who donated three acres of land for the temple’s expansion project three years ago.

“Her rationale is that her children had settled down elsewhere and the land would benefit the community and the temple better.

“But little did she know then that the prayer-item business would flourish following the temple’s expansion.

“Her children have since returned home for good to help her with the business,” Kok said.

Local and foreign tourists are drawn to the Tua Pek Kong Temple. The visitors here are taking a closer look at the turtles in the pond.
Local and foreign tourists are drawn to the Tua Pek Kong Temple. The visitors here are taking a closer look at the turtles in the pond.

He said the temple, located about 4km from Sitiawan town in Perak, has an average of 5,000 visitors over weekends and the number hits some 8,000 during major festivals like Chinese New Year.

The temple, Kok said, also runs an orphanage, Rumah Bahagia, in the temple grounds and there are 20 orphans there currently.

He said the food stall operators in the temple who can’t afford to pay rent are also exempted from the charges.

“The temple wants to help the needy so that they can improve their life,” he said of the importance of compassion.

Kok said the temple’s RM20mil expansion plan over a period of about five years is still ongoing.

“Another upcoming attraction is a 60m long fish,” he said, in addition to the existing attractions like the dragon and the figures of Taoist gods and goddesses.

This temple overlooking the sea is increasingly popular for many reasons, from its panoramic view and serene surroundings to extraordinary tales.

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