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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Kuan Yin Temple in Kampung Baru Kampung Timah

Last December 2012, when I went back to Ipoh, my brother took me to a newly built Goddess of Mercy Temple located in Kampung Baru Kampung Timah (tin village). It was a pleasant journey by car with scenic views of the rustic countryside along half tar, half dirt roads to this quaint little village in the outskirts of Tanjung Tualang town. "Kampung Timah" literally means "tin village".

Inside this temple is a huge, glittering statue of Guan Yin sitting on a golden lotus bloom. There is a moving waterfall and man-made rocks behind the statue. When a devotee kneels on the red cushion in front of Guan Yin, water flows out from the vase she's holding in her hand. This holy water can be splashed onto the face or drank. (Actually, there is a mechanical device that makes the water spurt out from a hose whenever this cushion is pressed upon).


The common features of Chinese temples are the red lanterns, the Door Gods* guarding the entrance and a beautifully designed incense urn with dragon features.

More information about Chinese Door Gods, click on the following links:
1. Wikipedia
2. Ministry of Culture, Taiwan

“The Kuan Yin Temple in Kampung Baru Kampung Timah”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Malaysia Daily Photoblog by Autumn Belle @ http://mymalaysiadailyphoto.blogspot.com on February 28th, 2013.


The place here is very tranquil and calm, so quiet you can hear the birds chirping. I'm so glad to be away from the sounds of city traffic. When we were on the road, there were no other cars occupying the road, except for the occasional scooter or bicycle. We had ample space for parking. 


The local name of this temple is Tokong Cina Kuan Yin Kampung Baru Kampung Timah, Tanjung Tuallang.

This new Kuan Yin temple is not to be confused with another old temple called Tokong Guan Yin Dian Kampung Timah in the vicinity of Kampung Tersusun Teronoh Mines, Kampar.

On the way back, we came across this huge rambutan tree by the roadside. 

Rambutans were in season and their season usually coincides with durian, duku, langsat and mangosteens.


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