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๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐“๐ฎ๐š ๐๐ž๐ค ๐Š๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง ๐๐ž๐ง๐š๐ง๐ ?


๐–๐ก๐จ ๐ž๐ฑ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐“๐ฎ๐š ๐๐ž๐ค ๐Š๐จ๐ง๐ ? ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐ฒ ๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐“๐ฎ๐š ๐๐ž๐ค ๐Š๐จ๐ง๐  (๐จr ๐“๐ก๐š๐ข ๐๐š๐ค ๐Š๐จ๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐‡๐š๐ค๐ค๐ค๐š) ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐‚๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ ๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐™๐ก๐š๐ง๐  ๐‹๐ข ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ข๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ง ๐๐ž๐ง๐š๐ง๐  ๐ˆ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐. 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 ๐’ƒ๐’“๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’• ๐’‰๐’Š๐’Ž ๐’•๐’ ๐‘ท๐’†๐’๐’‚๐’๐’ˆ. 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 ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ท๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ.

After his death, the local Chinese began to worship him as a ๐†๐จ๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, bestowing upon him the honorific title of ๐“๐ฎ๐š ๐๐ž๐ค ๐Š๐จ๐ง๐ , ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐†๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐”๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ž, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‡๐š๐ข ๐‚๐ก๐จ๐จ ๐’๐จ๐จ ๐“๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐“๐š๐ง๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ง๐  ๐“๐จ๐ค๐จ๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ. 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. ๐“๐จ๐๐š๐ฒ, ๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐“๐ฎ๐š ๐๐ž๐ค ๐Š๐จ๐ง๐ '๐ฌ ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐“๐š๐ง๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ง๐  ๐“๐จ๐ค๐จ๐ง๐ .

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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

๏ธ๐‘ณ๐’๐’—๐’† ๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’„๐’๐’๐’•๐’†๐’๐’•? ๐‘ซ๐’๐’'๐’• ๐’‡๐’๐’“๐’ˆ๐’†๐’• ๐’•๐’ ๐‘ณ๐’Š๐’Œ๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐‘บ๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’๐’๐’—๐’†! ๏ธ


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...

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