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Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong TempleBukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple (10 December, 2016)


Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple (GPS: 5.3642, 100.4609) is a Chinese temple within the heart of Bukit Mertajam town. It is known locally as Pek Kong Cheng Tua Pek Kong Temple (Simplified Chinese: 伯公埕大伯公庙; Traditional Chinese: 伯公埕大伯公廟) Built in 18861, it faces Jalan Pasar, which is equivalent to a High Street in a UK town. The temple is also called the Bukit Mertajam Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple 福德正神廟. Between the temple and its stage is the Pek Kong Cheng Hawker Centre. However, its official name, as seen on the plaque at the top of the temple, is 玄天廟 (Pinyin: Xuán Tiān Miào)

The principal deity at the Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple is Xuan Wu 玄武, or Mysterious Warrior, who is also called Xuantian Shangdi 玄天上帝. Nevertheless it is the Tua Pek Kong, or the Taoist god of prosperity, whose shrine is to the left of Xuan Wu's, that gains prominence, and has the temple named after him.

Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong TempleBukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple (10 December, 2016)


Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong TempleBukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple (10 December, 2016)


Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong TempleBukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple (10 December, 2016)


Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong TempleBukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple (10 December, 2016)


Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong TempleBukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple (23 August, 2008)

360° View of Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple on Google Maps Street View

Right within the compound of the Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple is a hawker centre. It is popular for a number of hawker food including the wantan mee, koay teow thng and laksa.

The Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple has gone a long way from the time it was just a humble shrine. Today it is a brick structure with curving roof ridge. The eaves point upwards and a pair of dragons face each other on the ridge with a fire orb in the middle. The front porch is supported by two blue-coloured dragon pillars. The dragons here are green in colour.

The door god of Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong TempleThe door god of Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple (23 August, 2008)


The front façade of Pek Kong Cheng has three doorways flanked by red couplets bearing gold inscriptions. In between, on the transoms and doorframes are murals showing scenes of Taoist mythology. Franking the main doorway is a pair of round windows with intricate sculpturework. The doors bear images of door gods. These are only visible upon entering the temple.

Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple main prayer hallBukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple main prayer hall (23 August, 2008)


The main prayer hall is separated from the front entrance by an airwell. It emits light to provide some illumination to the altar. Behind the altar are the shrines where images of the deities are installed. As in a typical Chinese temple, there are three alcove shrines, with the middle one dedicated to the principal deity of the temple. Interestingly, the shrine to Tua Pek Kong is on the left side and not the centre.

Going to the Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple

The Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple faces Jalan Pasar, near the junction with Danby Road. The nearest bus stop is on Jalan Muthu Palaniappan , about 5-10 minutes' walk away. It is served by Rapid Penang bus 701, 702, 709 and 802.

Compound of the Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple with hawker stallsCompound of the Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple with hawker stalls (23 August, 2008)

Location of the Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple on the map

Bukit Mertajam Tua Pek Kong Temple is on the map of Jalan Pasar, Bukit Mertajam

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