Sam Wong Kong in Batu Gajah, about 20km or 40 minutes’ drive from Ipoh, is the only Nine Emperor Gods temple in the town.
Surprisingly, many of the Taoist devotees here are from the south – Johor and Singapore. Of course, locals throng the temple as well for nine days to pay homage to the Nine Emperor Gods and to give thanks for wishes granted throughout the year.
Sam Wong Kong is actually very famous for its red tortoise-shaped buns , which are offered in pairs to the Nine Emperor Gods and Goddess Dou Mu to seek good health and longevity. The tortoise is known for its long life, while red is an auspicious colour.
Like many Taoist temples, Sam Wong Kong serves complimentary vegetarian meals three times a day during the Nine Emperor Gods festival. It is a norm for the devotees to pack home the food for their families.
The temple will also be conducting a religious procession around Batu Gajah town later today from 7pm onwards. It is expected to take an hour.
Additionally, on the final day of the festival (Oct 2), there will be a fire-walking ceremony in the evening. These rituals are expected to pull in a large crowd of spectators, whether they are Taoists or not.
Although Sam Wong Kong has no specific address, it is not difficult to locate as it is just off 0.5Km Jalan Tanjung Tualang main road from Batu Gajah. With the new dragon arch that leads towards the temple, it is even easier to spot.
Sam Wong Kong (Taoist temple)
Add: 0.5Km off Jalan Tanjung Tualang from Batu Gajah, Perak.
GPS Coordinates: N 04° 28.037′ E101° 02.542′
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