Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Minister and 2 ADUNs Joined in to Celebrate Toong Wah Cave Temple 139th Anniversary

The Toong Wah Cave Temple at Jalan Tambun celebrated its 139th Anniversary on 17 December 2011 with the 2nd Minister of Finance YB Dato Seri Ahamd Husni Hanadzlah and 2 ADUNs, YB Dato Nadzri Ismail and Dato Rusnah Kassim joining in together with more than 600 people.

With divine intervention the rain which started to pour in the evening stopped an hour before the dinner started. The atmosphere was good and it was quite cooling. The dinner was held at the foot of the hill where the temple is located.

At 8pm both the ADUNs YB Dato Nadzri and Dato Rusnah Kassim arrived greeting all the participants from table to table. As usual the dinner was preceded with the Lagu NegaraKu to signify the official opening of the celebration.

Donors were then invited to the stage to light their candles.

Dato' Rusnah was the first speaker that night. It was then followed by speech of Dato' Nadzri representing the 2nd Finance Minister who was at the same time at another function in Ipoh.

Corporate donors and both the YBs and other VIPs were invited to hit the drum in honour of the donors to the temple. Later, Dato' Nadzri together with Dato' Rusnah were on stage again to present a mock cheque of RM20,000 to the Chairman of Toong Wah Cave Temple on behalf of Dato' Husni who is also the MP for Tambun.

Not to disappoint the participants, YB Dato Seri Ahmad Husni arrived unexpectedly to the loud cheers of the crowd. He shook hands with almost all those who are present from young to old.

.... more to come

Monday, November 28, 2011

Toong Wah Cave Temple will be celebrating 139th Anniversary

Come 17 Dec 2011, Toong Wah Cave Temple will be celebrating its 139th anniversary. As usual a dinner will be organized by the temple committee to raise fund for the temple to build more facilities for the benefit of the people.

The guest of honor for the dinner is YB Dato Seri Ahmad Husni Hanazlah, MP of Tambun cum the second Finance Minister. Also expected to be present is YB Dato' Rusnah Kassim, the State Assemblyman for Ulu Kinta.

Both YBs have never failed to support the development project undertaken by the temple. It also reflects on the commitment of the BN government to the Chinese community.

Dinner will be held at 7.00pm at the foot of the hill where the temple is located. Those who are keen to attend can purchase tickets for the dinner which is sold at RM35 per person. Ticket can be obtained through treasurer Mr. Chang (H/P: 016-5186178) or secretary Mr. Alan (H/P: 012-5787748).

Well wishers can also donate to the temple during the dinner by purchasing special VIP tickets They will be invited to hit the gong as an honor in appreciation of their donation.

Hundreds of Taoism Believers Throng the Toong Wah Cave Temple To Celebrate the Birthday of Jade of Emperor

Posted by Richard Ng on 28 Nov 2011. Pictures by Tina Leong

Hundreds of Taoism believers thronged the Tong Wah Cave Temple to celebrate the birthday of the Jade of Emperor yesterday 27 November 2011. They climbed as high as 600 meters up the hill where the temple is located.

The celebration started since morning with the burning of giant joss sticks as well as coiled joss sticks. Many come to offer prayers and also to seek the help of the Jade of Emperor.

According to Taoism and Chinese Folk Culture, the Jade Emperor also known as Yu Huang Da Di (玉皇大帝) is the ruler of heaven and all realms of existence below including that of Man and Hell. Details of Jade Emperor can be found here.

The ceremony was led by a sifu or Kung Kung who will go on a trance to act as medium between the Jade Emperor and the believers. At the end of the ceremony they were all treated to a sumptuous meal donated by well wishes.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Registrar of Zambia Open University visits Toong Wah Cave Temple

Dr. Daniel arriving at OUM Perak

Dr. Daniel Ndudzo with Dr. Richard Ng at OUM Greenhill Learning Centre in Ipoh

The registrar of Zambia Open University, Dr. Daniel Ndudzo, visited Toong Wah Cave Temple last June during his stop at Open University Malaysia, (Perak Regional Centre) in Ipoh.

Dr. Richard briefed Dr. Daniel on OUM's operations

Daniel was a on working visit to Open University Malaysia (OUM) campus in KL and then took time off to see some of the beautiful places in Perak. He also to the opportunity to visit rubber and oil palm plantations.

Dr. Daniel signed the guest book under the watchful eyes of Mr. Chang

Dr. Daniel was met on arrival by Dr. Richard Ng, Director of OUM Perak. He was briefed on the operations of the university especially on how the adult learners were supported in their studies. OUM Perak currently has 4,000 students of whom half are still receiving their services actively every semester. It is operating in 3 locations in Perak; Perak Learning Centre (Jln Lim Bo Seng, Ipoh), Greenhill Learning Centre (Persiaran Greenhill, Ipoh) and Institut Perguruan Malaysia (Ulu Kinta).

Taking a rest

Looking at some of the historical photos displayed

The Toong Wah Cave Temple was located about 15 minutes East of Greenhill Learning Centre. Dr. Daniel arrived at Toong Wah Cave Temple about 3.00pm. He was met by temple care taker Mr. Chang. Dr. Daniel later signed the guest book. He was briefed about the 150 years history of the temple.

At the ed of the visit, Dr. Daniel said he has never such a beautiful cave temple before. He was amazed by the beauty of Ipoh.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Chap Goh Meh Celebration at Toong Wah Cave Temple on Feb 17, 2011

The Toong Wah Cave Temple again celebrates the Chap Goh Meh with prayers for good luck. The ceremony started at 11am with about 50 worshipers present.

Master Cheong preparing himself to go on trance

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Chinese New Year Countdown at Toong Wah cave Temple on 2nd February 2011

Wishing all readers: "Gong Xi Fa Cai" and "新年快乐". May the year of rabbit brings joy, peace, prosperity and good health to one and all.

Lion dance performance to celebrate the start of year of rabbit

This is the second time I participated in the Chinese New Year countdown at the Tong Wah Cave temple near the Lost World of Tambun. About 100 people turned up to offer their prayers and to usher the year of Rabbit.

Master Cheong (left) preparing the altar for prayers

Some of the giant joss sticks offered for prayers

The cave is located about 60 meters above the ground. Many young and old made their way to the top of the hill. It is a destiny to reach the top of the hill.

Some well wishers offered their prayers by lighting candle

Waiting for the higlight ... the lion dance performance

There were lion dance performance and burning of giant joss sticks by well wishers and believers. Three types of joss stick at a cost ranging from as low as RM39 to as high as RM268.

Paying respect to the gods

At the stroke of 12 midnight, the joss sticks were lighted. There were also fire crackers and fireworks display.

Committee members busy checking name list of well wishers

Mr. Chang, one of the committee members calling out names of well wishers to get ready to light up the giant joss sticks

Me and my daughter Sharon, is getting ready to light up the giant joss sticks

Well wishers lighting up their joss sticks to offer their prayers

The lion dance troupe then offer their prayers to the gods before they used their creativity to produce chinese characters using mandarin oranges.

One of the creative designs made from mandarin oranges which symbolises good fortune

Here's the four digit given by the gods for well wishers to try their luck

Lighting giant joss stick to mark the beginning of new year and pray for prosperity and good health

Wishing Master Cheong Good Health, Prosperity and longevity

The whole ceremony took about 1 hour to complete. By 1am most the people were seen leaving the temple.