Tua Pek Kong Temple
古晉大伯公廟
Tua Pek Kong, Kuching.jpg
Religion
AffiliationTaoism
DistrictKuching District
Location
LocationKuching
StateSarawak
CountryMalaysia
Geographic coordinates1°33′25.684″N 110°20′56.473″E / 1.55713444°N 110.34902028°E / 1.55713444; 110.34902028Coordinates: 1°33′25.684″N 110°20′56.473″E / 1.55713444°N 110.34902028°E / 1.55713444; 110.34902028
Architecture
TypeChinese temple
Date established1770[1]

Tua Pek Kong Temple (Chinese: 古晉大伯公廟) (also called as Siew San Teng Temple, Chinese: 壽山亭)[2] is a Chinese temple situated near the waterfront of Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, opposite the Chinese History Museum.[3] It is the oldest temple in the city and formed a part of the Kuching Heritage Trail.[1][2]

History

The temple is believed to had been in existence before 1839.[1] Much of its history can only be traced back to 1843 with renovations made in 1856, 1863 and 1880[4].[2][3] The temple survived the 1884 Great Fire of Kuching and later the Japanese invasion during World War II in 1941 when its structure remained intact despite heavy damage to town buildings nearby due to bombing by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA).[2][3]When renovation work commenced at the end of 1964, the first for eighty-four years, it was hoped that the date of the original structure would be found recorded somewhere on a beam in the roof, as is customary in all Chinese temples.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Old Kuching Heritage Trail". Sarawak Tourism. Archived from the original on 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Galileo Petingi (27 February 2014). "Tua Pek Kong Temple, Kuching, Sarawak". The Daily Roar. Archived from the original on 20 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Tua Pek Kong Temple (Pre-1839), Kuching". Sarawak Tourism. Archived from the original on 20 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  4. ^ Sarawak Long Ago. 1969. p. 86. ISBN 983-62-3981-2.
  5. ^ Sarawak Long Ago. 1969. p. 86. ISBN 983-62-3981-2.