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 Green Hill Temple

     In Kuching, the "Green Mountain Temple" has been well patronized by the local buddhists, as well as from other divisions of the state of Sarawak. Its official location name is "Muara Tebas" and is only half an hour's drive from Kuching city.The Temple sits on top of the hill, and the Malay Kampong resides around the foothill. Traditionally this has been a fishing village as it's a short distance from the river mouth and offers shelter to the fishing boats during bad weather, so this is perhap how the village was established. The temple was constructed by the chinese community, on top of the hill facing the sea, to maximize on the ideal "Fung Shui" perhaps.

     What impressed me the most about this place is the peaceful and harmonious co-existence of the different races in this village.There is so much understanding and tolerance among the people that they certainly does all works togrther, and celebrate all local festivals together.This is a prime example for all Malaysian to emulate.Foe all visitors to appreciate too. During the Chinese New Year Celebration, many of the buddhist from the city and other divisions will come to this temple to worship. Its sort of expressing their gratitude to the "Deities" for the just concluded year, and praying for another good year ahead. Many pray for blessing in their business, matrimony, study etc.

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 Tua Pek Kong Temple

     Tua Pek Kong is one of the pantheon of Malaysian Chinese Gods. It was believed the date Tua Pek Kong arrived in Penang was 40 years before Francis Light. Tua Pek Kong was a man named Zhang Li of Hakka family, his Sumatra bound boat was struck by wind and accidentally landed on Penang island of Malaysia, which at that time had only 50 inhabitants. After his death, local peoples began worshipping him and built the Tua Pek Kong temple there. Today Tua Pek Kong is worshipped by Malaysian Chinese throughout the country.Tua Pek Kong is often mistaken for Tu Di Gong, partially because of their physical similarities.

     The ornately decorated temple is located on Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman, opposite the Waterfront, and is the oldest Chinese temple in Kuching which provides many buddhists to offer prayers during the many Buddhist festivals. It is believed to have been built in 1843, although official records only recognize its existence in 1876. The Wang Kang festival commemorate the dead is held here.


 Lim Fah San Temple

     Lim Fah Shan temple is situated opposite Chonglin Park, Kuching. It is one of the famous temples in Kuching, boasting of its giant sized white Guan Yin Statue at the front greeting everyone passing by the road. The temple is the largest and longest (and probably best looking) temple in Kuching.
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 Feng Shan Shi

     Feng Shan Shi is a Hokkien Temple. This temple is dedicated to the chinese god, Guang Ze Tian Wang . It was built in the year 1848. It was first renovated in the year 1897. Then it was renovated again in the year 1897. In the year June 15, 2005, The Kuching Fujian Association started another ground breaking project to renovate that temple. It took 16 months to be completed with the total cost of RM2.5 million.

     Two ceremonies will be held annually for this temple. One of them will be the God's birthday. There will be street procession participate by hundreds of people. There is a culture for this temple, every year people would go pray in the temple and borrow small amount of money. These people believe that these money will help them in their business as it is blessed. The price to pay-they will need to return twice as much as they borrowed by the following year.