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Then Sze Khoon-Seremban / 天師宫-芙蓉

Then Sze Khoon-Seremban / 天師宫-芙蓉

aka Wu Gong San / 蜈蚣山, Centipede Hill, Persatuan Penganut Dewa Then Sze Seremban

Location:-Ulu Temiang, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan / 沉香, 芙蓉, 森美兰州.

Established here in Bukit Jung in 1864. This is one of the century old temple that has became a beautiful tourist attraction. Located on top the hill, one would need to climb some 176 steps before reaching the temple. There is an alternative road in but due to some on going beautification works, we had to take the old route. Along the way up to the temple, there is a shrine dedicated to Da Bo Gong / 大伯公 and a huge prosperity toad / 招財蟾蜍 for devotees to pray and snaps some photos. When we reach the the temple, we were able to find some seats by the side to enjoy the beautiful view while gasping for air after those steps.

Then Sze Khoon-Seremban / 天師宫-芙蓉

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The main altar is dedicated to the worshipped to its main patron deity the Celestial Master Zhang, Zhang Tian Shi / 张天師 also know as Zhang Dao Ling / 张道陵. I came to know later than this altar is specially built to slant a few degrees so that the deity is always looking at the peak of the opposite hill known as Bukit Sudu ( GPS: 2.773448, 101.946374). Other deities inshrined inside this temple includes Guan Yin Pu Sa / 觀音菩薩, Tai Sui / 太歲, etc.

Near the Tian Gong Altar outside the main prayer hall, an altar is built dedicated to the worshipped of Yang Xing Jun / 太陽星君, Tai Yin Xing Jun / 太陰星君, Qi Tian Da Sheng / 齊天大聖, Tai Shang Lao Jun / 太上老君 and Huang Lao Xian Shi / 黄老仙師.

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After some photos in the main prayer hall, the care taker, whom was busy at that moment, told us to take the step by the side of the temple to visit it’s other shrine and attraction behind the main temple.

Following the steps, we came upon a newly built temple dedicated to the worshipped of Guan Sheng Da Di / 關聖大帝. On the altar here, the life size statue of Lord Guan sit grandly looking towards a section of Seremban town. Other attraction found around includes life size Eight immortal commonly known as Ba Xian / 八仙, Yue Lao Xing Jun / 月佬星君, Character of The Journey To the West / 西遊記 with the monkey god looking a far, Eighteen Arhat / Shi Ba Lou Han / 十八羅漢, Na Du Gong / 嗱督公 shrine and also a huge statue of Guan Yin Pu Sa / 觀音菩薩 standing grandly in front of a wishing pond fill with beautiful koi’s. There is also a pagoda built for those that want to have a birds eyes view of the surrounding.

The walk bought us back to the main temple where the caretaker was free to talk to us. Introduced to us as Mr Chow, whom is one of the many caretaker of the temple, shared some of his knowledge on the surrounding and this temple. According to him, the surrounding used to have quite a numbers of centipede running around but as years pass the numbers has decline. This he said could be due to climate change. Pointing to a photo of a gold colored head centipede hung behind the joss counter, he explained that the photo was taken not long ago and said that this particular centipede would mysteriously appear in the temple on special occasions. He further reiterate that If you spot a centipede, good fortune will befall upon you.

According to the caretaker, this is said to be the oldest Taoist temple in Seremban and was founded by a Taoist priest named Zhong San Koon. Image of its pioneers are found by the wall in the prayer hall. Back then, it was a very difficult task to built this temple due to its terrain. Mostly contributed by nearby villagers, much man power where put into building this place as materials need to be carried up here without machinery.

An ancient bell hanging next to drum near the main altar is inscribed with the date 2nd year of the Tongzhi reign. The reign of Tong Zhi emperor, the tenth emperor of the Qing Dynasty, begins on 11 November 1861 so this bell should be dated between 12 November 1862 till 11 November 1863. Suggesting that this place could be older that the said establish date i found on the leaflet given to me by Mr Chow.

Below:-The view towards Bukit Sudu

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Below is brief translation on the history of the hill and temple i’ve found on the leaflet.

The legend to this hill starts with a young man whom had leave his home town in search of a better fortune. Fortunately for him, he became very successful but he did not fulfil his duty as a filial son to his mother. And of that, the gods transform him into a rock that shaped like a ship to be place at Bukit Jung. Mysteriously, according to legend, there was always a centipede that is seen next to the rock ship. Nobody knows why but the stories has it that there is a probability that the centipede is the reincarnation of the young man’s mother. So from then on, this hill became know as Wu Gong Shan or Centipede Hill. Today, a Na To Gong shrine has been built in front of the said rock ship.

The history of this temple begins sometime around the 19th century and at that time, this hill was fill with poisonous snake and ferocious animal that affect the safety of the villagers nearby. Due to this, the villages invited the Deity Then Sze so to provide protection to those that visits the hill. Through mediumship, the deity then instructed the villagers to build a the temple on the top of this hill. While in the search of a proper location to build the temple, villagers found a bunch on josstick stuck on the ground. And as seem like a destined pointer, the temple was built on the same spot.

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Below:-Don’t be despair if you don’t see one, Well on this day, i guess the only centipede i saw was this huge one outside.

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Then Sze Khoon-Seremban / 天師宫-芙蓉 – My Time – – Cataloging Chinese temples in Malaysia / 記錄馬來西亞廟宇文化.

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2015-Butterworth Nine Emperor Festival / 北海斗母宫九皇大帝誕

2015-Butterworth Nine Emperor Festival / 北海斗母宫九皇大帝誕

Location: Butterworth, Penang.

aka Rumah Berhala Tow Boo Kong Butterworth / 北海斗母宫

Photos taken on 17 October 2015 of the Nine Emperor God / Jiu Huang Da Di / 九皇大帝 festival held by Dou Mu Gong / 斗母宮 temple each year in Butterworth, Penang. The whole festival would usually last for 10 days.

GPS Coordinate: 5.440426, 100.387026

2015 九月初五北海斗母宫九皇大帝.

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2015-Butterworth Nine Emperor Festival / 北海斗母宫九皇大帝誕 – My Time – – Cataloging Chinese temples in Malaysia / 記錄馬來西亞廟宇文化.

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Shang Di Gong-Titi / 上帝宫-知知港

Shang Di Gong-Titi / 上帝宫-知知港.

aka Tokong Shang Di Gong.

Location :- Titi, Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan / Location:- 知知港, 日叻务, 森美兰州.

Driving further into the village we came upon a Pai Lou / 牌樓 by the side of the main road. The steps leading through the pai lou to the temple is Inaccessible by any vehicle so we decided to park on the road shoulder when, fortunately, there were this couple whom operated some business at a shop opposite the pai lou guided us to another entrance road about 50 meters away that let us drive to the back of the temple. Even though there were a signage leading to this temple, one would need to look out for it as it is easily missed.

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Located on a higher ground, it does has a beautiful view towards a part of Titi town and the mountain range behind it. While looking around, a few residents whom stayed nearby came to offer their prayers. Speaking to a few of them, I came to know that they would visit this temple every evening to offer prayers and chit-chat. Facing South-South East, there would not be harsh sunlight of the evening sun heating up the front of the temple, making it an ideal place to have an evening meet up and even coffee. They explained to me that this temple has been around when they were kids (they are now in their late 50s) and they have no knowledge on when this temple was first establish.

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This temple is devoted to the worshipped on its main patron deity, Xuan Tian Shang Di / 玄天上帝, also known as The Supreme Lord of the Mysterious Dark Heaven, he is a higher ranking taoist deity whom is known to be very powerful and able to control the element. Other deities enshrined in this temple includes Guan Yin Pu Sa / 觀音菩薩, Da Bo Ye / 大伯爺, Bai Hu / 白虎, Tu Di Gong / 土地公, etc. And a smaller shrine at the front yard is dedicated to the worshipped of its tutelary deity, Na Du Gong / 嗱督公.

Shang Di Gong-Titi / 上帝宫-知知港

Shang Di Gong-Titi / 上帝宫-知知港

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Shang Di Gong-Titi / 上帝宫-知知港 – My Time – – Cataloging Chinese temples in Malaysia / 記錄馬來西亞廟宇文化.

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Fook Seng Kong-Titi / 福聖宮-知知港

Fook Seng Kong-Titi / 福聖宮-知知港.

aka Fu Sheng Gong / Tokong Fook Seng Kong

Location :- Titi, Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan / Location:- 知知港, 日叻务, 森美兰州.

At a walking distance from my previous location, there is another old temple located on an elevated ground at the end of the road. It was after reading about this temple on social media that helped add the interest on driving through those windy roads earlier. This is another Xian Si Shi Ye temple that is over a century old. Establish in 1892(*1), this is also one of the oldest temple in this area. From all my visits to the Xian Si Shi Ye temple, I came to notice they are usually found in towns where it was once booming…probably a century ago. This small town of Titi has seen one of the single largest massacre that took place during the Japanese Occupation. I really wonder if any part of the temple or altar were damaged during that time and I for some reason would really like to know how this temple looked then compared to now.

Fook Seng Kong-Titi / 福聖宮-知知港

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The main prayer hall has been refurbish before and based on a new coloured drawing hanging by the wall, they may have plans to beautify the place further. There is one main altar with three section in this prayer hall. The centre section is dedicated to its main patron deity, Xian Shi Ye / 仙師爺 and Si Shi Ye / 四師爺. Other deities enshrined on this altar includes Hua Guang Da Di / 華光大帝, Guan Sheng Da Di / 關聖大帝 and Tan Gong Ye / 譚公爺 known here as Tan Gong Xian Sheng /譚公仙聖.

The section to the right of this altar is dedicated to the worshipped of the Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin Pu Sa / 觀音菩薩 and the section to the left is dedicated to the worship of Zhen Jun Da Di / 真君大帝 and Zu Fa Xian Shi / 朱發仙師. There is no statue to depict these deities on this left section altar. Their names are inscribed onto a tablet placed on this altar. A very common practice.

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Fook Seng Kong-Titi / 福聖宮-知知港 7

Other post related to Xian Si Shi Ye temple:-

Guang Fu Miao-Bentong / 廣福廟-文冬

Xian Si Shi Ye Gong-Kuala Lumpur / 仙四師爺宮-吉隆坡

Long Bang Gu Miao-Kalumpang / 龍邦古廟-龍邦

Shi Ye Miao-Sg.Besi / 師爺庙-新街场

Xian Shi Gong-Bukit Mor / 仙師宮-武吉摩

Xian Si Shi Ye Gong-Semenyih / 仙四師爺宮-士毛月

Qian Gu Miao-Rasah / 千古庙-亚沙

Shi Ye Gong-Rawang / 師爺宮-萬撓

Yue Shan Gu Miao-Kuala Kubu Baru / 岳山古廟-新古毛

Xian Si Shi Ye Gong-Serendah / 仙四師爺宮-双文丹

(*1) Genesis of the Xian Shiye Cult in Malaysia By VOON Phin Keong, EE Chong Huat, LEE Kim Sin /P53. – Malaysian Journal of Chinese Studies, 2014, 3(1): 37-59.

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Fook Seng Kong-Titi / 福聖宮-知知港 – My Time – – Cataloging Chinese temples in Malaysia / 記錄馬來西亞廟宇文化.

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