Amongst the most captivating religious attractions in Penang, Malaysia, the Tow Boo Kong Temple is not to be missed, and here’s more on this enthralling site.
Planning Your Visit
This temple can be found along Jalan Raja Uda in Butterworth, Seberang Perai’s largest urban town, around 3 km from George Town, the capital of Penang. Serviced apartments located in the city of Bukit Mertajam including those at properties like Sky Residence Prai, make an ideal base for visiting this popular site.
Taoist Belief & Temple History
The Nine Emperor Gods are part of a Taoist belief which also venerates their mother, the Goddess Doumu. The temple which initially had a humble beginning in 1970 in a small attap soon grew in popularity; subsequently, adjacent land was acquired where over the years, the current temple was built and expanded. Today, it’s also the venue of the Nine Emperor Gods Festival on the ninth lunar month’s ninth day which is worth witnessing.
What to Expect
Tow Boo Kong Temple in Butterworth will amaze you with its fascinating architecture and intricate design; on your arrival, you will see an arch at the main entrance with Chinese characters, while the layered roof awnings, dragon motifs, two stone lions and the Four Heavenly King deities all add to the site’s charm. You will find the Bell and Drum Towers along with a clay mural of children here as well.
There are three sanctums within the temple; at the Front Prayer Hall, one will find the site’s principal deity, the Goddess Doumu on the main altar along with the Nine Emperor Gods below. At the Sacred Prayer Hall, you will get to see the urns of the Nine Emperor Gods, while at the Doumu Prayer Hall, the Goddess Doumu is enshrined. Also of interest is the Grand Duke of Jupiter Hall which can also be visited.