Friday, February 1, 2008

Thian Chun Tien, Senadin

Thian Chun Tien or Thian Chun Chamber is one of the few orthodox Taoist temple in Sarawak. The newly completed temple is now situated in Senadin, Miri.

Thian Chun Tien was first started in 1975 by Lee who practiced Taoist divination & Chinese medication to help people, in a devotee’s house in Miri.

The small temple was relocated to Krokop, Miri in 1982 in order to cope with the growing number of dedicated devotees.

The year 1985 marked a new milestone when Thian Chun Tien was successfully registered with the Registrar of Society; a new temple was thus planned after that. The current location here in Senadin was thus later granted by local authority.

In 1990, the temple in Krokop was forced to relocate to Lee’s house in Pujut as the Senadin location was not ready yet. Affected buildings, included illegal squatters & Thian Chun Tien in Krokop areas, were to relocate in order to make way for the Miri Resort City Project.

The construction of the temple started in 2001, and completed in 2006, 31 years after the faith was first initiated by Lee.

Thian Chun Tien was officially opened by the Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister on 30 April 2006; to complement the occasion, various cultural related events were organized for the day.

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