Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple Hot
The Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple, off Loyang Way, was established in the 1980s and houses Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist deities and a Muslim Kramat (shrine).
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Talk about racial harmony in Singapore, you must visit this temple. You will see Chinese gods and Indian gods worshipped together in a temple. Even the temple helpers consisted of Chinese and Indian working together to keep the temple well maintained.
By following the number system, you would start by praying to Chinese gods and then in between there would be a few Indian gods. Although most of the people visiting the temple were Chinese, they still followed the number system and prayed to the Indian gods.
The best time to visit this temple is during Chinese New Year. They normally had activities throughout the fifteen days starting from CNY Eve. Please prepare to park very far from the temple if you visit during CNY Eve, there is always a big crowd. Also, it is not advisable to bring young children because with the crowd, it could be difficult to hold on to your children.
An accessible Chinese Temple in the East
Agreed with Eng10523 that the temple was previously facing the coast, very much further in and very out of the way. I used to visit the old temple when I was younger and relatives drove us there.
The new building is located along the Loyang Industrial Estate and it is easier to access, with public SBS buses like bus no. 6 (I think since I drive there) stopping near the temple. I usually go in the wee hours, after 10pm and it’s not unusual to see cars parked along the road with their commuters inside the temple compound praying. According to my mum, Loyang Dua Pek Kong temple is opened 24 hours but I went once after midnight and the lightings were rather dimmed. For a moment, I thought the temple was closed for the day but I still can enter the temple and offer my prayers nonetheless.
A usual pack of offerings comprising of joss sticks, 2 candles, tea leaves, tibits and “kim zhua” (paper money to be burnt as offerings) cost $2. No one was manning the sales of the offering items during the times of my visits and I just have to drop the $2 into the iron box placed in between the offering packs. I guess it’s all about integrity since it’s a place to worship the gods and people usually will not try anything funny with the gods watching them. There were also a couple of times which I do not have exact $2 with me and since there isn’t anyone manning the sales, no change will be given. Fret not, for there is a notes changing machine at the side of the temple, near where the Hindi gods are.
The directions for praying are very clear and concise, even for a first-timer in the temple. All areas of worship are marked with a plate with an increasing numerical number, starting from 1 and ending at 11, so one will start off praying at 1, move on to 2, then to 3, so on and so forth. The plate will also tell you how many joss sticks are to be stuck in the “xiang lu” (place to stick the joss sticks) as well as the direction to the next worship station.
Hopefully this magnificent temple will continue to run and maintain its glorious outlook in time to come since it’s one of the biggest and well-known Chinese temple located in eastern part of Singapore.
The temple used to be located near the sea and from what I heard from my relatives, it has a really nice view when it was there. Currently, the temple has already relocated near the edge of Loyang industrial area. And that was where I first visited the temple.
I must say that this temple is pretty magnificent as well. With a large outdoor area, it was very suitable for holding various events during the special praying days and even during chinese new year period. The inner hall which the statues are placed is also divided into two parts. The front one which holds the Tau Pek Gong, and the back one holding the buddhas if I am not wrong.
But what fascinates me the most, is that although this was a Chinese temple, you would be able to find the statues of other gods from Indians and Muslims as well. I was often wondering why that was soon, and only realised it during the creation of this listing. It was written the this temple was actually set up after residents in the distant past decided to consolidate the abandoned statues that they found. There is also a shrine for lost souls there.
This place is also pretty systematic as they had labelled all the various shrines within the temple, making it easy for worshippers to go through everyone of them without missing any shrines.
The temple has also been known to be very accurate and fulfill wishes of the devotees which is also why my relatives go back every year to pray.