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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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  • We had a short couple of nights trip to Sibu and made a short visit to the iconic pagoda temple. It was clean and majestically overlooking the great Rejang river! Lovely compound!  more »
  • Not much activity happening when we visited the temple. Manage to climb the pagoda after getting the key from the caretaker. My opinion is that the leaning tower of Teluk Intan is more interesting.  more »
  • We came to pray in the first day of 2018. The temple is crowded as usual. According to the local, this temple is the one to go if you wish to pray for good health, wealth and prosperity!  more »
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  • Its a blessed tower. Full of nice colours n beauty. It also add colours to the City too. Seen from far from the road n water n from d sky too.
  • Quite a nice temple within the city centre which can oversee the river bank. If the time is right, u can actually go up to the top floor of the pagoda tower and have a nice Sibu town view.
  • 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.)
  • The oldest temple in Sibu, Built by the Hakkas. It is very iconic. A good place to take photos.
  • One of Sibu attraction. Easy to spot and within town centre.

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