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Pulau Tikus Tua Pek Kong Temple

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The Pulau Tikus Tua Pek Kong Temple (GPS: 5.42974, 100.31348), or by its official name Hock Siew Keong, is a Taoist temple in Pulau Tikus, Penang, erected for the worship of Tua Pek Kong, the Taoist god of prosperity and village tutelary deity. Like a village church in the Western context, the Pulau Tikus Tua Pek Kong Temple is the local village temple. As with all Tua Pek Kong temples throughout Malaysia and Singapore, they are offshoots of the original temple, the Tua Pek Kong Temple of Tanjong Tokong.

The Pulau Tikus Tua Pek Kong Temple was first built in 1877. Apart from Tua Pek Kong, the principal deity of the temple was Shui Xian Zunwang (Chooi Sian Chune Ong). It comprises the temple proper and a stage, built directly fronting the temple. The purpose of the stage is for performances during the deity's birthdays and feast days, and is staged for the entertainment of the deity.

Apart from its religious role, the Pulau Tikus Tua Pek Kong Temple is also popular for food. A fish head bihun stall is located at the entrance of the temple attracting patrons who might not even have visited the temple itself.

Pulau Tikus Tua Pek Kong Temple (23 December 2006)

Front facade of Pulau Tikus Tua Pek Kong Temple (23 December 2006)

Getting there

Pulau Tikus Tua Pek Kong Temple can be reached by taking the Rapid Penang Bus 101, 104 and 304. Check the Rapid Penang Bus Routes for details.

What to see and do

The Pulau Tikus Tua Pek Kong Temple is a village temple and not geared to accept tourists. It does give visitors a glimpse of the indigenous beliefs of the local Chinese temple which is not found in their homeland.

Inside the temple (23 December 2006)

Stone tablets documenting the establishment of the temple (23 December 2006)

The Pulau Tikus Tua Pek Kong Temple is on the map of Pulau Tikus

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