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“Johor Bahru Chinese culture”

Johor Old Chinese Temple
Ranked #10 of 80 things to do in Johor Bahru
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

This place means a lot to local Chinese in Johor Bahru. This temple is named as "Gu Miao" in Mandarin to represent its history over the past century. If you are able to read Chinese, you may go through why did our ancestors come to Malaysia and how did they build their clans and this temple to reunite all Chinese in Johor Bahru.

I will visit this place every year during the Chingay period. This temple grows historical, but not gets old. Travelers may buy candle and joss sticks from the opposite Chinese culture shop, or directly donate to the donation box in the temple in exchange of joss sticks.

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Reviewed 18 February 2014

The temple is more than 130 years old. On the 20th day of the Lunar New Year, the deities representing the main 5 Chinese dialects of Johor Bahru will be moved from this temple to the Tiong Hua hill where they will reside temporary before returning to the temple on the 22nd day of the Lunar New Year. The main procession around the city of Johor Bahru will be on the 21st night and the deities will be accompanied by dragon and lion dance troupes, floats and Chinese cultural groups. Recently foreign cultural troupes were invited to take part as it has become an international event and it is the biggest Chinese religious event outside of China. This procession is an annual affair held without fail dating back to more than 100 years except during World War 2 when the Imperial Japanese Army occupied what was then Malaya. This event had been awarded the Heritage Status of Malaysia by the government and attracts many foreign visitors and locals to view the procession.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

The chinese temple hold the memory of JB Chinese history. The street have lots of other religious prayer places too. Sinkh temple, hindu temple too. It is a great place to learn history and learn up other culture

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Reviewed 19 August 2013

We visited this Old Tokong on 17 Aug 2013.This old temple is within walking distance if u stayed near the Johor Bahru Meldrum , or Jalan Stesyen, or JB Sentral (CIQ ) area .It stands within commercial buildings and in the opposite of the many shophouses that sells chinese praying things ,and a medan selera (foodcourt).Quite a small temple compared to many other Chinese temples we've ever visited, but worth to visit because of its historical value.In alleys behind the main temple theres some sign boards of the Temple dated back to the 1800's , photos and writings in Chinese ,maybe about the history of the temple ( sad that we cannot read Chinese writings), and old artifacts.Worth to visit at least once.Can try the Mee just in one of the shophouses, opposite of this temple , delicious, cheap and old fashioned !

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

a good trip to know more about the ancient temple in JB
too bad the local authorities did not treasure it, did not promote it
Instead, it teared down the ancient gate some where in 1990's.

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