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    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Yes, the straight roof line is typically Cantonese and familiar. Its ceramic decorations, imported from China, illustrate the story of “Jiang Gan Stealing the Letter” (from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms).

  1. sk says:

    Ngai CO . You might be right. I just googled . The top part & the 2 dragons in front looks the same except that there was no fencing so you are unable to verify the 2 Moon Shape Left & Right Doors. I hardly go to this area

    • Ngai C O says:

      Hi sk,

      I only googled like you and compared the temple outline to take a pot shot.

      Can’t think of it being the 9 Gods at Jalan Tokong nor any other in Ipoh.

  2. felicia says:

    You guys are SMART! 🙂

    Yes, it is the temple in People’s Park. Since this part of the JJ Series postcards, we think that this picture of the temple was probably taken in the early 1900s.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear sk

      The original temple was a very simple structure built by Leong Fee and his compatriots when they arrived in Ipoh in 1876. It was close to the river and was subject to occasional flooding.

      In 1894, Leong Fee, by now a wealthy man, joined with Yau Tet Shin to re-build the temple at its present site. What you see in the postcard above is the re-built temple. The river flows behind it.

      Today the temple is still there but the river, having been diverted, is slightly further from the temple than it used to be.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear Ngai C O

      Thanks for the link to the Ipoh Echo article. It discusses some recent renovation that I did not know about. The photographs, too, are interesting.

      However, the writer says that the temple …

      was built in 1872 by prominent tin miner cum philanthropist, Leong Fee

      In 1872 Leong Fee was still in China. He came to Malaya (first Penang, then Ipoh) in 1876. Also, when he (and others) built the original temple in 1876, he was not yet a “prominent tin miner cum philanthropist.”

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear ika

      Thanks for the link. That’s a comprehensive article!

      Plus it correctly states the date of the temple’s founding, whereas the temple’s own web-site does not!

  3. sk says:

    Hi Ngai CO & Ipoh Remembered, Thanks for the info. Good article from Ipoh Echo & a good research done by the writer Tan Mei Kuan – a bilinguist & conversant in Mandarin, Japanese & Korean. Ipoh Echo does write good articles.

  4. felicia says:

    UPDATE: Our sincere apologies; we seemed to have mistaken this temple for another. The temple shown on the blog is actually the on by the river bank and is visible from the Birch Bridge. It’s not (as initially thought) the one near the People’s Park.

    • Ngai C O says:

      Hi Felicia,

      I do remember now about this one you just mentioned.

      I can’t remember whether it is north or south of the river, only that it is on the right going towards Old Town.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      Dear felicia

      I still think you were right to begin with. It’s the temple near the Hugh Low Street bridge and People’s Park.

      What makes you think it’s the other one?

      • felicia says:

        Hi Ipoh Remembered. I may have gotten the names mixed up. The temple at People’s Park is actually God of Prosperity temple. The Goddess of Mercy temple is the one near the Birch Bridge. Just looking at the picture, I assumed it was the former.

        • Ipoh Remembered says:

          Yes, the Goddess of Mercy temple is the one near the Brewster Road bridge.

          What’s on the postcard above is the God of Prosperity temple near the Hugh Low Street bridge.

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