𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐥𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐓𝐮𝐚 𝐏𝐞𝐤 𝐊𝐨𝐧𝐠? 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐓𝐮𝐚 𝐏𝐞𝐤 𝐊𝐨𝐧𝐠 (𝐨r 𝐓𝐡𝐚𝐢 𝐏𝐚𝐤 𝐊𝐨𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐇𝐚𝐤𝐤𝐤𝐚) 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐝 𝐙𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐋𝐢 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐠 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝. Zhang Li was on his way to Indonesia for trading before his ship was wrecked in a thunderstorm. He was saved by a group of fishermen who then 𝒃𝒓𝒐𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕 𝒉𝒊𝒎 𝒕𝒐 𝑷𝒆𝒏𝒂𝒏𝒈. He is believed to have arrived on the island 40 years earlier than Francis Light in 1746. Zhang Li settled down in the northern part of Penang known as 𝗧𝗮𝗻𝗷𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗼𝗸𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝘂𝗶𝗹𝗱 𝗮 𝘃𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗴𝗲.
After his death, the local Chinese began to worship him as a 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐲, bestowing upon him the honorific title of 𝐓𝐮𝐚 𝐏𝐞𝐤 𝐊𝐨𝐧𝐠, 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐔𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐛𝐮𝐢𝐥𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐚𝐢 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐨 𝐒𝐨𝐨 𝐓𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐚𝐧𝐣𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐨𝐤𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐮𝐫. This Tua Pek Kong temple is believed to be the original Tua Pek Kong temple which sprouted the worship of Tua Pek Kong throughout Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐬 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐮𝐚 𝐏𝐞𝐤 𝐊𝐨𝐧𝐠'𝐬 𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐓𝐚𝐧𝐣𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐓𝐨𝐤𝐨𝐧𝐠.
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The temple is also adjacent to the Instagram darling Penang Avatar Secret Garden and a famous seafood restaurant. They are all located next to a small cove and the grounds are now decorated with lights, statues of Tua Pek Kong and other installations, so do come early for dinner and then take a stroll around the grounds of the temple.
Instagram: @fernschmecker Location: 336, Jalan Tokong Thai Pak Koong, Tanjung Tokong
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Editor's Note: The graves are of Zhang Li and his sworn brothers behind the Sea Pearl Island Tua Pek Kong Temple at Tanjung Tokong. Depending on who you ask, some say these graves belong to to ancestors of haw par villa Singapore, while researcher like Jack Meng-Tat Chia believed these graves belonged to Tua Pek Kong and his sworn brothers.
However, one fact remains consistent: that Tua Pek Kong is endemic to Penang with its roots can be traced at this temple in Tanjung Tokong.
For futher readings, read https://www.researchgate.net/.../322506809_Who_is_Tua_Pek...