Johor Old Chinese Temple
Johor Old Chinese Temple
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SOH KIEN PENG
By SOH KIEN PENG
A symbol unifying the Chinese ethnic groups
4.0 of 5 bubblesJul 2023
This temple was founded by Tan Hiok Nee, a wealthy and influential Teochew businessman in Singapore and Johor during the 19th century. Jalan Tan Hiok Nee which was a road located within walking distance from the temple was named after him. The temple is one of the oldest structure in Johor Bahru and become a unifying symbol among the 5 Chinese ethnic groups, namely, the Hokkein, the Cantonese, the Teochew, Hakka and Hainanese. The 5 deities in the temple are representative of each of the 5 ethnic groups: Yuan Tian Shang Di (元天上帝) (大老爷) Hong Xian Da Di (洪仙大帝) (洪仙公) Gan Tian Da Di (感天大帝) Hua Guang Da Di (华光大帝) Zhao Da Yuan Shuai (赵大元帅) Tan Hiok Nee was able to command the respect of the other ethnic groups because he was able to gain the favor of the Johor Sultan who appointed him as Major China of Johor, the highest ranking Chinese official in his government. Unlike the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British who came to colonalise Malaya, the Chinese like Hiok Nee amassed wealth through sheer diligence and entrepreurship and had no political ambition. They chose to live harmoniously with the local Malay rulers and help to create a peaceful and conducive business environment by unifying the Chinese ethnic groups . The prosperity of today Johor Bahru is due to the solid foundation laid down by these pioneers and the harmonious relationship enjoy by all the races. The Temple continues to be a living symbol of the mission of the Chinese entrepreneurs in Johor Bahru.

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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,659 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
This temple was founded by Tan Hiok Nee, a wealthy and influential Teochew businessman in Singapore and Johor during the 19th century. Jalan Tan Hiok Nee which was a road located within walking distance from the temple was named after him.

The temple is one of the oldest structure in Johor Bahru and become a unifying symbol among the 5 Chinese ethnic groups, namely, the Hokkein, the Cantonese, the Teochew, Hakka and Hainanese. The 5 deities in the temple are representative of each of the 5 ethnic groups:

Yuan Tian Shang Di (元天上帝) (大老爷)
Hong Xian Da Di (洪仙大帝) (洪仙公)
Gan Tian Da Di (感天大帝)
Hua Guang Da Di (华光大帝)
Zhao Da Yuan Shuai (赵大元帅)

Tan Hiok Nee was able to command the respect of the other ethnic groups because he was able to gain the favor of the Johor Sultan who appointed him as Major China of Johor, the highest ranking Chinese official in his government.

Unlike the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British who came to colonalise Malaya, the Chinese like Hiok Nee amassed wealth through sheer diligence and entrepreurship and had no political ambition. They chose to live harmoniously with the local Malay rulers and help to create a peaceful and conducive business environment by unifying the Chinese ethnic groups .

The prosperity of today Johor Bahru is due to the solid foundation laid down by these pioneers and the harmonious relationship enjoy by all the races. The Temple continues to be a living symbol of the mission of the Chinese entrepreneurs in Johor Bahru.
Written 12 July 2023
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GavinWA
Perth, Australia43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Great traditional Chinese temple with fantastic and helpful staff. I would load a translating app to your phone before heading in because the most interesting reading is in Chinese.
Written 11 July 2023
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Sherry
391 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Like so many other temples: beautiful, historical and full of locals worshiping. I always feel like I am intruding on other's personal experience of worship wandering around taking pictures. The smell of incense is intoxicating as well as the worship practices.
Written 11 February 2023
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Phi Somchai
Bangkok, Thailand3,795 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
This is one of the oldest Chinese temple in JB. Lots of history. Still very well maintained. Rather small, but worth a short visit if you are in the vicinity.
Written 22 June 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,661 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is one of the oldest religious buildings in Johor Bahru and the oldest Chinese temple. The front of the building is beautifully decorated with paintings of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. The front entrance is painted in bold red and contrasts beautifully against the predominantly white background of the front wall. The temple interestingly serves all the main dialectal Chinese groups of the city. So it’s not a surprise that the temple has a mixture of shrines for Buddhism, Taoism and other Chinese deities. The Chinese deity Yuan Tian Shang Di is most prominent in the temple as the shrine is in the main central building while there is a subsidiary building for the Goddess of Mercy.

A beautiful temple to visit in the city.
Written 5 March 2020
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J Lee
Friedrichshafen, Germany138 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We were there and bit disappointed. Is really not much to see unless you are a believer and like to pray there.
Written 11 August 2019
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เบียร์นก
Johor Bahru, Malaysia50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
This temple unified all the 5 main Chinese clans; Teochew, Hokkien, Hakka, Cantonese and the Hainanese.

There will be a “Chingay”; street procession every year on the 21st night of the first lunar month. This signifies the last day of the Chinese New Year celebration for the local Chinese instead of the 15th day for other Chinese in other parts of this country.

Sultan Abu Bakar gave the land to the Chinese community to build this temple. This temple is built in 1870. This is the 2nd important Chinese temple in Johor Bahru. The first temple is approximately 20 minutes away in Kangkar Tebrau.

Written 9 June 2019
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Ken S
George Town, Malaysia15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
You can drop by for a visit if you happen to be nearby at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee. Nothing much to expect if there is no special religion occasion.
Written 14 May 2019
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Bert V
Phoenix, AZ445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is the oldest Chinese temple in Johor. It is small but colorful inside. We enjoyed seeing it. 20-30 minutes visit max.
Written 21 April 2019
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Gary D
Busselton, Australia616 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Stick your head in the door...have a look. In and out in 5 minutes...unless this has religious relevence to you
Written 3 February 2019
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