Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tua Pek Kong Kuching - the Feng Shui Legend

Thus as I had heard & read; at one time, the Kuching Tua Pek Kong Temple was seated on the best Feng Shui location in Kuching; as according to the Feng Shui principle, a hill at the back seat, a small & smooth flowing river in front (the lost Sg Kuching), and the best front view of the highest peak in the area, Gunung Serapi.

The temple was built more than two centuries ago, long before James Brooke, the first White Rajah of Sarawak, arrived in Kuching.

Like most Chinese temples, the temple prosperity affected & associated highly to the businesses, emotion & activities of the local Chinese community in the early days where majority were followers of Taoist related faith.

It was said that after the 1857 Chinese Insurrection in Bau, the Brooke Administration at that time was worried about the Tua Pek Kong prosperity & its influence to the local Kuching Chinese community. The growing strength of the local Chinese might affect the political power of the Brooke Administration.

A plan was thus initiated to weaken the Feng Shui of the Tua Pek Kong Temple.

In 1928, in the name of development, Sg Kuching was filled up for road construction.



The hill (Bukit Pasu or Bukit Mata) at the back of the temple was cut through with an additional road, with the exit just besides the temple, in order to weaken the dragon ‘chi’, as believed locally. The additional road through the hill was viewed as unnecessary by the local Chinese.



The current Chinese History Museum squared building, also believed to be part of the plan, was erected in 1912 just a few meters in front of the temple, to block the good Feng Shui; the building was built initially to mediate local Chinese affairs & other arbitrations.

Good or bad Feng Shui, legends or facts, the Tua Pek Kong Temple continues to stand there as a growing tourist attraction; the legends had long been forgotten, and the temple has gone through the Brooke Dynasty, the British Colonial era, and the Japanese Occupation.

The future & prosperity of Tua Pek Kong Temple will seem to depend more on its harmony with the local tourism, and cultural awareness of the local Chinese community.

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