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Tua Pek Kong Temple, Sibu

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Tua Pek Kong Temple in Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia is an icon of the town with its 7-storey pagoda. Its history dates back to 1870. The temple is also known as Sibu Eng Ann Teng Tua Pek Kong Temple (永安厅大伯公庙).The history of the temple dates back to early 1870. In the 1871 Sarawak Gazette, it was recorded that there was a small wooden Chinese temple in Sibu and that was the Tua Peh Kong Temple.In 1897, the temple was rebuilt into a typical Chinese temple designed with tiled roof, stone block floor and all the decorative purlin and fixtures which were imported from China. The statue of Tua Pek Kong deity was specially sculptured and imported from Xiamen, China. After the building was completed, the list of donors and details of expenditure were recorded in two pieces of stone tablet which are still well preserved in the temple.On 8 March 1928 Sibu town was destroyed by a big fire, but the temple was unscathed. This was regarded as a miracle by the locals.In 1942, the Japanese invaded and occupied Sibu. In 1945, the Allied Forces bombarded Sibu. The town and the temple were severely destroyed but the state of the deity was unharmed. After the Second World War, the wooden structure temple was rebuilt.In 1957, the temple was reconstructed into a concrete structure and was declared open by the then Governor of Sarawak, Sir Anthony Abell. It was a grand occasion for the Sibu Town as the British Royal dignitaries including the Resident attended the ceremony.
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  • August 9, 2017
    made a short visit to the temple as it is along the river and nearby the night market. One of the big temple in Sibu. the temple offer a good view along the river. We observed people loading unloading...  more »
  • May 26, 2017
    Sibu is not a very touristy town but well worth a visit. The Tua Pek Kong Temple has stood guard at the Rajang River for more than 100 years. It is the tallest temple pagoda in SEA. The key to go up t...  more »
  • May 8, 2017
    The entrance to the top of the pagoda is locked for security reason. Try getting the key from temple counter and climb up to the top of the pagoda to have a great view of Sibu. You are suppose to lock...  more »
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  • May 5, 2017
    Beautiful Chinese temple with some of the best views of the city from its upper echelons. Don't be fooled if you run into a sign on the staircase saying "closed." Just go downstairs and ask for the key - and you'll be allowed up to the top for some views. (But don't hold your breath -- this is Sibu, after all.)
  • February 10, 2017
    One of Sibu attraction. Easy to spot and within town centre.
  • November 9, 2016
    The oldest temple in Sibu, Built by the Hakkas. It is very iconic. A good place to take photos.
  • September 17, 2016
    A colorful temple strategically located by the river jetty. It provides good view of the city and the Rejang River at the top floor.
  • January 5, 2017
    A beautiful temple. Worth the visit.

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