Nine Emperor Gods Festival 九皇大帝

Today is the first day of the nine-day celebrations of the Nine Emperor Gods [九皇大帝] Festival. Persatuan Penganut-Penganut Kew Ong Tai Tay would like to invite all non-Muslims to join in the celebrations at the Kew Ong Tai-Tay Temple located at the following address:

No. 85, Laluan Buntong Jaya 11,
Buntong 4,
30100 Ipoh, Perak.

Approximate GPS co-ordinates on Google Maps:
+4° 35′ 35.15″, +101° 2′ 44.76″ (4.593098, 101.045766)
Link: Here
Location map: Here


23ft 8in giant dragon joss-sticks

So far, this is the only temple where you can see the lighting of giant dragon joss-sticks with an astonishing height of 23ft 8in. thanks to the support of devotees.


dragon joss-sticks in a row

There will also be various ceremonies, festivities, celebrations, charitable activities and prayers throughout these nine days until 7th October, 2008. Free vegetarian food is served throughout the Nine Emperor Gods Festival.

For more information, visit this Nine Emperor Gods 九皇大帝 website at: http://www.nine-emperorgods.org/


sit at your own risk

*for non-Muslims only
With love

15 thoughts on “Nine Emperor Gods Festival 九皇大帝

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for coming by.

    I drew a location map for this temple. If you would like to have it, let me know. I could upload it to my post, or email it to you. 🙂

  2. Wow! how fast time flies! Kow-wong-yeah festival is here again! I used to go to the Tow Boo Keong temple in Jln Kampar and i really love those pink tortoise buns!

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  3. When I was young I would sneak out to watch the ceremony out of curiosity. Still curious about their feat when in trance.

    Enjoy.

  4. I have searched through everywhere for the past week and everybody talks about the same old stuff such as the festival, the vegetarian diet, the temples, the rituals etc but, NOT a single one can actually say what was the story/myth/legend etc behind the Nine Emperor God/Gods. Perhaps you or some of your readers will be kind enough to enlighten us on this, something like the different versions of Change and the rabbit etc.

  5. Hello Laugoo,

    Thanks for your input. My post is actually an INVITATION to all non-Muslims to join in the celebrations of the 9 Emperor Gods Festivities in this temple in Buntong, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.

    Writing about the legends of the Nine Emperor Gods would be redundant as there is plenty of information on the web.

    Here is one version of the legend of the Nine Emperor Gods I found in a forum of Chinese History, which I have lost the link to, but I copied the text. I hope you find it enlightening.

    The Nine Emperors Gods (called “Jiu Wang Ye 九王爷” in Singapore and Malaysia) actually refers to the “Jiu Huang Da Di 九皇大帝” (The Nine Great Emperors) in the Daoist deities system (Daoist Patheon).

    The birth of the Nine Emperors happened to be on the 9th of September in the Chinese lunar calendar, and this day was often celebrated as the festival of “Jiu Huang 九皇” by the Daoist in Singapore and Malaysia.

    The Nine Emperor Gods are very often known as “Bei Dou Jiu Xing 北斗九星” (9 north star plough Gods), since they are gods of the stars or planets. Their mother, “Dou Mu Yuan Jun 斗母元君” (Mother north star), is also the mother of stars.

    The Nine Emperor Gods consist of the following:

    1. “Gou Chen Tian Huang Da Di 勾陈天皇大帝” (Vega Star)
    2. “Bei Ji Zhi Wei Da Di 北极紫微大帝” (Polaris Star)
    3. The 7 Northern Constellation Stars (called “Bei Dou Qi Xing 北斗七星”):
    a. “Tan Lang 贪狼”
    b. “Ju Meng 巨门”
    c. “Lu Chun 禄存”
    d. “Wen Qu 文曲”
    e. “Lian Zhen 廉贞”
    f. “Wu Qu 武曲”
    g. “Po Jun 破军”

    The origin of the Nine Emperor Gods can be traced back to the Daoist worship of the northern constellation during Qin and Han dynasty (北斗崇祀). Actually, the observation and worshipping of stars had already been present among the public before Daoism religion was founded during Han dynasty.

    As Daoist religion was developed during Han dynasty, it began to absorb this practice of worshipping the stars and began to deitify them as gods.

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