No One Expected That This Sibu Chinese Temple Among The Biggest in Southeast Asia.
Chinese Temple Landmark Sibu Temple, one of the biggest temples in Southeast Asia. City of Sibu, Sarawak is a town with a majority population of ethnics such as Chinese, followed by Iban, Melanau, and Malay.
So it’s no wonder there are beautiful Chinese temples around the city. But, what’s the point of your visit here if you didn’t get the chance to visit the city’s sacred landmarks, right?
This is the information about the Chinese Temple landmarks that make Sibu a tourist attraction.
1. Tua Pek Kong Temple (Sibu Eng Ann Teng Tua Pek Kong) & Goddess of Mercy Pagoda
This Eng Ann Teng Tua Pek Kong was built since 1890 about 100 years ago. It is located on the banks of the Rajang River and is the oldest and most preserved temple in Sibu.
It is said that these temple building materials were imported from China including the statue of the main deity, the Old God of Pek Kong.
Recognized as the Most Proportioned Pagoda Outside China
The Tua Peck Kong was originally made of wood but was rebuilt in 1897 according to the Taoist design along with a 7-storey pagoda dedicated to the Goddess of Love (Kuan Yin).
It suffered minor damage during the second world war around 1942 but is still recoverable. To your knowledge, this Tua Peck Kong is called the most proportioned pagoda outside mainland China.
This is why it is the Sibu Temple is among the biggest in Southeast Asia for its sentimental value.
Sunset Scene at the top of the Pagoda
What you can do here? Go to the top floor of the pagoda and enjoy views of the Rajang River and the surrounding area of Sibu. The best time is during the Sunset.
During that time, you can see the birds flying. You can also see the stone carvings and relax under the surrounding trees. In addition, the old pack is also suitable for photography as it looks very epic and colorful.
2. Jade Dragon Temple (Yu Lung San Tian En Si Temple)
Yu Lung San Tian En Si Temple or also known as Jade Dragon Temple is believed to be the largest temple, not only in Malaysia but also in Southeast Asia.
This temple provides a religious center for three beliefs: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
It is not only seen as a place of worship for adherents of all three beliefs but also a tourist attraction due to its unique and beautiful architecture.
You can see a variety of Chinese carvings and paintings on this temple wall. Symbolic images of the dragon adorn the temple scene here besides the painting of 12 Chinese zodiac animals.
Some have likened it to Gyeongbokgung Palace, Sarawak version of Korea. Some even call this Jade Dragon Temple’s architecture “A Marvel of Sacred Architecture”. It is a great place to take pictures if you visit Sibu.
Locations Away From The City. Options – Taxi, Grab or Car Rental
It is located far from Sibu City. Since the distance from Sibu City is 44 km, you will need to use a taxi or e-hailing service such as Grab to get here.
If you own a car or rent a car, you need to consider your rent and fuel costs. It’s up to you. But that doesn’t matter. “Where there is a will, there is a way”.
If you are still looking for an exciting destination to visit in Sibu, you should visit these two Chinese temples for a different experience.