Old Gua Musang temple readying for CNY

Lanterns and calligraphy scrolls decorating the entrance of Kuan Tai Meow Temple in Gua Musang.

The Chinese community in Bandar Lama, Gua Musang in Kelantan, have begun decorating 160-year-old Kuan Tai Meow Temple for Chinese New Year (CNY).

Temple celebration committee chairman Liew Koon Yan, 54, said the site would be a focal point for Buddhists and Taoists during the first nine days of the festival.

“Preparations need to be done early as we have to identify which decorations to replace or reuse.

The 160-year-old house of worship is expected to be a focal point this Chinese New Year.The 160-year-old house of worship is expected to be a focal point this Chinese New Year.

“We will select and clean the lanterns and plum blossom flowers for reuse, and prepare calligraphy scrolls to be placed on the doors and walls of the temple,” he said when interviewed by Bernama in Bandar Lama.

Liew said this year, residents would also use umbrella decorations symbolising prayers to protect families.

The decorating work is expected to be completed a week before Chinese New Year, in time for an estimated 9,000 visitors.

Resident Chong Won Mei, 50, said all decorations like Hongzhi paper or kumquat tree designs were imported from China and could only be purchased in Kuala Lumpur.

“Even though the cost of these decorations has increased by up to 30% from last year, we still purchase them because we want to liven up the atmosphere.

“So far, we have spent about RM5,000 on theme-based decorations and replacing damaged items,” she said.

Kampung Baru resident Suni Eh Wang, 53, said she would invite some friends to help brighten up the temple.

“I pray for good health and joy for everyone throughout the year,” she said.

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