Hong San Si Temple stands at the intersection of Wayang and Ewe Hai Streets. The old temple, managed by the Kuching Hockien Association, consists of a main hall, a side hall and a stage totalling 8,123m². It is dedicated to Kong Teck Choon Ong (广泽尊王), a tutelary deity revered in Shishan town of Nan’an in Fujian, China, known among the Hokkien as Seng Ong Kong (圣王公).
The founding of the temple could not be traced; oral accounts claim that it had existed as a small shrine as early as 1848. An inscription inside the temple records that it had been rebuilt in 1897 with money donated by leading Hokkien figures, and gives the name of its street as “Hock Soon Street” (福顺街). The temple underwent extensive renovations in 1985 and 2002.
In addition to engendering the Hockien Association, the temple may well mark the spot where the earliest Hokkien pioneers had settled in Kuching. Each year on the 22nd day of the 2nd lunar month the temple organises a parade to celebrate the birthday of its patron deity. The crowd-drawing spectacle of the Seng Ong Kong procession is one of Kuching’s major cultural events.
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