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Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple 粤東古廟, Muar

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Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple, MuarKerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple, Muar (11 September, 2016)


Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple (GPS: 2.04919, 102.57085; Traditional Chinese: 粤東古廟; Simplified Chinese: 粤东古庙) is a Chinese temple in Muar, Johor. It is located on Jalan Bakri, near the Persatuan Kwang Tung Muar building.

Based on the name of the temple, I would suppose that this temple is a Cantonese temple. However, I found out1 that it is in fact a Teochew temple, which makes sense, considering that the Teochews hailed from the eastern portion of Guangdong Province in southern China. I learned that the Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple was established in 1895 by someone named Dato' Chua Tuah Soon, who is said to the a leader of the Teochew community in Muar. The temple venerates a Warrior Deity, Xuanwu who is also known locally as Xuán Tiān Shàngdì 玄天上帝. The feast day of this deity is on the 15th day of Chinese New Year, commonly called Chap Goh Meh, where devotees observe a traditional custom known as Puak Tau Sai 博豆狮1.

Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple, MuarFront porch of Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple (11 September, 2016)


Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple, MuarStatue of Xuán Tiān Shàngdì (11 September, 2016)

Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple on Google Maps Street View

Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple (Dec 2015)

Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple is on the map of Jalan Bakri, Muar

Kerng Tang Kou Bioh Temple is on the map of Muar

References

List of Chinese temples in Muar, Chinese temples in Johor and Chinese temples in Malaysia

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