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Old temple within modern buildings
We visited this Old Tokong on 17 Aug 2013.This old temple is within walking distance if u stayed near the Johor Bahru Meldrum , or Jalan Stesyen, or JB Sentral (CIQ ) area .It stands within commercial buildings and in the opposite of the many shophouses that sells chinese praying things ,and a medan selera (foodcourt).The temple was built during the 19th Century by then Head of Ngee Heng Company led by Tan Hiok Nee and various Chinese community leaders.
Although there are no actual records regarding the completion of the temple, the plaque and the century-old bronze bell located in the temple shows that the temple is around 130 years old.
In 1995 - 1996, it underwent a major renovation at a cost of MYR1.5 million. Much of its cultural aura was preserved, and important relics such as the century-old bronze bell, joss stick pot and wooden tablet remain.Quite a small temple compared to many other Chinese temples we've ever visited, but worth to visit because of its historical value.In alleys behind the main temple theres some sign boards of the Temple dated back to the 1800's , photos and writings in Chinese ,maybe about the history of the temple ( sad that we cannot read Chinese writings), and old artifacts.
Worth to visit at least once.Can try the Mee just in one of the shophouses, opposite of this temple , delicious, cheap and old fashioned !
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Johor Old Chinese Temple
A old Chinese temple located at the heart of Johor Bahru. If you appreciate heritage from last generation of Chinese in JB, this is a great place for you to visit.
You can get advice from 5 gods that are hosted in this old temple.
Five main gods of local Chinese groups, namely Hainanese, Cantonese, Hakka, Hokkien and Teochew dialect group.
Built it in the late-19th century (qing dynasty), this is the oldest temple in Johor Bahru.
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Johor Old Temple.
"Rou fo gu miao" in Mandarin, literally translated to be "Johor Old Temple". This is a sacred place to the Chinese. This temple is believed to be the only place of worship to have survived the bombing during the second world war. In view of this, it is believed that "tua pek gong" (the god) protects Johor. Hence this temple became an important and sacred place among the Chinese community.
Every year, on the first day of Chinese New Year, many worshippers will come here to light some joss sticks and burn some joss paper. I do that too. :-) It will be quite crowded on that day.
The paintings on the wall is typically Chinese and are beautiful. The solid wooden door into the temple is painted bight red with a big knob - typical ancient Chinese design for door.
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