Poh San Teng Temple
Tokong Poh San Teng
马六甲三宝庙.JPG
Religion
AffiliationTaoism
Location
LocationMelaka City, Melaka, Malaysia
Poh San Teng Temple is located in Malacca City
Poh San Teng Temple
Shown within Malacca City
Geographic coordinates2°11′45.5″N 102°15′19.9″E / 2.195972°N 102.255528°E / 2.195972; 102.255528Coordinates: 2°11′45.5″N 102°15′19.9″E / 2.195972°N 102.255528°E / 2.195972; 102.255528
Architecture
TypeChinese temple
FounderChua Su Cheong
(Tsai Shih-chang)[1]
Date established1795

The Poh San Teng Temple (Chinese: 宝山亭; pinyin: Bǎo Shān Tíng is a Chinese temple located at the foot of Bukit China, next to the Malacca Warrior Monument and King's well in Malacca City, Malacca, Malaysia.[2][3] The temple is dedicated to Tua Pek Kong and was founded in 1795 during the era of Dutch Malacca by Chinese Kapitan Chua Su Cheong (Tsai Shih-chang).[4][1][2][5]

Features

Since it is a graveyard temple, the names of the deity, "Fu De Zheng Shen" or "Tua Pek Kong" are inscribed with the temple is mainly dedicated to Tua Pek Kong.[6] An inscription on a stele in the temple compound commemorating the founding of the temple, where it reads:

Bukit Cina is the place where early traders from China were buried. Many Chinese traders came to this country with high expectations of success. Sadly, some died before fulfilling their dreams. Without a family with them, there was no one to pray for their souls. As such, the Chinese Kapitans initiated prayers on their behalf. However, these were always hampered by strong winds and heavy rainfalls because there was no proper shelter. So in 1795, after Chua Su Cheong had been appointed the Chinese Kapitan, he looked into this problem faced by the community and initiated the building of a temple at the foot of Bukit Cina, to ensure that the prayers for those buried in Bukit Cina would not be interrupted.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "World Heritage Site Melaka – Site Visit Report" (PDF). Penang Heritage Trust. 2009. p. 26/28. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019. We were also shown the ancestral tablet of Kapitan China Chua Su Cheong (Tsai Shih-Chang), Jo's ancestor. Jo is a Project Co-ordinator of the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple as well as the Poh San Teng Temple.
  2. ^ a b Morris Tan (29 October 2015). Malaysia Travel Guide Series: Melaka (Malacca). Wizio Publishing. pp. 50–. GGKEY:HT06L0TK7X8.
  3. ^ a b Timothy Tye (2 May 2009). "Poh San Teng Temple, Bukit China, Malacca". Discover with Timothy Tye. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  4. ^ Lonely Planet; Simon Richmond; Isabel Albiston (1 June 2017). Lonely Planet Kuala Lumpur, Melaka & Penang. Lonely Planet Global Limited. pp. 332–. ISBN 978-1-78701-060-4.
  5. ^ "Poh San Teng Temple". Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council. Archived from the original on 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  6. ^ Sarah Cruz (14 January 2014). "Ancient Poh San Teng Temple". CushTravel. Retrieved 10 March 2019.