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“A lot of interesting history about this unique temple.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Johor Old Chinese Temple

Johor Old Chinese Temple
Ranked #11 of 63 things to do in Johor Bahru
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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“A lot of interesting history about this unique temple.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

for sure this temple is not the magnificent one but the story behind surely is one of the most interesting one. Unlike a lot of Chinese temple was held by different clan. This temple was built hundred years ago to unite five major clan of Chinese in Johor Bahru. Upon 21st first month of Chinese New Year there is a major celebration for this temple. We called it as god Chingay. On that day we shall see few hundred thousands of local people joining this very happening event. The story behind this temple for sure is a little gem for the temple and it is a part of the history of Malaysia as well. That would be great if government or someone else there could unfold this little gem to the tourist or foreigners.

Suggestion for foreigner visiting this temple, if happen travelling Malaysia around Chinese new year period please check your schedule and come by on 21st first month of Chinese lunar calender. For sure this event not going to dissapointted you.

Visited June 2013
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Paranaque, Philippines
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“Small part of History”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

The design and statues in this temple is really something to look at. It really has that very old feel. My friend burned some incense to ward of some bad spirits as she was not feeling well. She is Chinese so she knew what to do.

Visited September 2012
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Surabaya, Indonesia
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“an old temple with high wall”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2013

this the first temple i have ever seen with high wall in front, that makes us hard to see the unique and ancient so called exterior. the temple is guarded by some less friendly officers who seem to be ready to bark to any violation that you might do. pretty much ..there is nothing interesting to see in the temple, only some old god statues put inside for locals to pray. there is a budha statue in the small chamber next to the main room, but still it doesn't help to give the impression that this is the place that we might have to see as johor's point of interest

Visited March 2013
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“Parade of the God”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

To the local Johorean, we seldom visit this over 100 years temple on normal day. It is at its most interesting state on 2 occasions - 1) the night before 1st day of Chinese New Year and 2) 20th to 23rd of Chinese New Year period.

1) We visit this temple on the night before 1st day of CNY after our reunion dinner to pray for good blessings for the coming year. It is packed to its brim with fireworks display, lion and dragon dances etc.

2) 20th to 23rd day of CNY period, there are 4 days of special event. The god in this temple will go out for a parade! 1st day, it will be invited out to another temple. 2nd & 3rd day, one full day for people to pray in that other temple and prepare for the biggest parade of the Johor night. 3rd night is the night of the parade! Just find a spot along the route and you see the most fascinating street performances, including lion and dragon dances, balancing of 4metres tall flags etc. One of the famous performance is glow-in-the-dark dragon dances! And the most important of all performances and most popular is the parade of the god in the wooden carrier. People are always squeezing to carry the wooden carrier. However, only special designated group of people belonging to the clan or association in their t-shirt are official carriers. Every so often, they will swing the wooden carrier from side to side, rocking it!

When i was younger, I join this parade every year. For a few years, i dressed up as chinese fairy and stood on the parade lorry to distribute sweets! Those years were fun. One year i was dressed up as chinese butterfly fairy. To wear that costume, we had to pray and ask for permission. Seems very serious. Thanks to my daddy who held positions in one of the clan (Heng Ann Association) that gave me these special chances to have fun and beautiful memories!

Hope you can join the parade one day too. There is no booking of seats and no seatings for that matter. Just a random congregation of crowds along the roads, just the original way of doing it.

To know more, you can google johor temple chingay or festival parade etc. Have fun!!

Visited February 2013
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Subic, Philippines
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“A standard temple.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2013

Again there is not much to see of culture in Jb so this was a small side trip. Looks like other temple, and find more beautiful temple other places in Malaysia

Visited February 2013
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