Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple


The Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple, off Loyang Way, was established in the 1980s. The temple owes its existence to a group of friends, who on finding figurines of different religions abandoned on a beach, brought them together and housed them under a unique mixed-religion temple. The Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple has Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist deities and a Muslim Kramat (shrine) within its premises. 

Description
In the 1980s a group of fishing buddies, including Paul Tan and Huang Zhong Ting, stumbled across Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist statues strewn across the beach at the end of the Loyang Industrial Area. They built a small hut made of bricks and zinc sheets to house the figurines. This humble construction served as a makeshift temple. It also included a Kramat to honour a holy Muslim man. It is believed that a sign was received by some people to build the holy kramat here. Soon, scores of people, mainly those working in the Loyang Industrial Area, were visiting the temple. Miraculous powers were attributed to the temple as devotees claimed that their prayers for prosperity and wealth were never denied. Unfortunately however, in 1996, the hut was razed to the ground by a fire. The Taoist statue of Tua Pek Kong, the God of Prosperity, was the only one that survived and escaped from the fire unscathed. New premises to house the deities and the kramat had to be built. Through public donations that poured in, a new temple complex was built over a 1,400 sq m area at the same site. The temple was named after the Prosperity God, Tua Pek Kong the statue which miraculously escaped from the fire.

The temple is still run by public donations. The number of visitors to the temple is around 20,000 per month despite the fact that bus services are limited to weekdays and the last bus stop is a half an hour walk away. The temple still accepts statues of deities and any devotee can adopt or take a figurine of a deity for free after offering a prayer. The temple complex is open 24 hours a day and it has become a tourist attraction in the recent years. One of the temple's claims to fame is the presence of a 2 m tall statue of the Hindu God Ganesha, which is said to be the tallest Ganesha statue in any temple in India or Singapore. Another attraction here is the lighting of strings of non-hazardous firecrackers.

In June 2003, the lease on the land on which the temple is situated expired. The temple authorities therefore procured a new site close to the present temple for the construction of a new temple complex. In August 2007, the temple officially relocated to its new premises at 20 Loyang Way. The new compound cost $12 million to build and its construction was completed funded by public donations.



Author
Naidu Ratnala Thulaja



References 
Lip, E. (1983). Chinese temple architecture in Singapore (pp. 36-41). Singapore: Singapore University Press.
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The information in this article is valid as at 10 October 2013 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

Subject
Architecture and Landscape>>Building Types>>Religious Buildings
Temples, Chinese--Singapore
Shrines--Singapore
Arts>>Architecture>>Religious buildings

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