The new prayer hall of Tua Pek Kong (Deity of Prosperity) at the Tung Wah Tong Temple near Tambun was officiated on Sunday morning in accordance with Chinese Taoist customs and traditions.
Amidst the revelry of double lion dance and lighting of firecrackers, the Deity of Prosperity (Tai Pak Kung in Cantonese) was feted with trays of roast pig, roast chicken, roast duck, BBQ pork, noodles, Chinese desserts, liquor and prayer items such as joss sticks, joss papers, lotus candles, mixed fruits and oil.
The occasion was joined in by devotees who came from nearby residential areas, as well as out-of-towners.
As you know, the main prayer chamber of Tung Wah Tong is high above ground that requires one to navigate a flight of stone stairs with 157 steps. The Supreme August Jade Emperor (God of Heaven) sits at the top most level of the main altar there.
Meanwhile, this new Tua Pek Kong prayer hall is some 20 steps above ground only, not even midway up to the main prayer chamber.
The Jade Emperor Festival for this year, incidentally, is celebrated on Sunday, 8th December, 2013. All devotees are encouraged to visit the temple at approximately 10.30am to pay homage to The Supreme August Jade Emperor by praying with lotus candle, incense coil, joss sticks, joss paper, oil, etc.
Following that, Tung Wah Tong will be celebrating its 141st anniversary at the temple premises with a sit-down dinner on 21st Dec, 2013 (Saturday), at 7.30pm. For further information, call 012-5787748 (Alan).
Event: Officiating the new prayer hall of Tua Pek Kong (Deity of Prosperity)
Venue: Tung Wah Tong Temple
Date: 24th Nov, 2013
Tung Wah Tong Temple
Add: Lot No. 26006, Hala Perindustrian Perpaduan 1, Kawasan Perindustrian Perpaduan, 3150 Ulu Kinta, Ipoh, Perak.
GPS Coordinates: N 04 38.537′ E 101 09.444′
Tel: 012-5787748 (Alan) / 016-5186178 (Chang)
Opening hours: 11am – 5pm daily
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