Friends always ask me where is Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and I shall try to answer their frequently asked question in this article.
Hokkien Kongsi, Penang is located in Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple (commonly known as Tua Pek Kong Temple), which is situated at the corner of Lebuh Armenian and Lebuh Cannon in the Heritage Enclave of Georgetown. As one faces the temple, Hokkien Kongsi, Penang is in the right room on the first floor. Hokkien Kongsi, Penang is formed from the Big Five Hokkien Clan Surnames in Penang – Cheah, Khoo, Lim, Tan and Yeoh. So these 5 kongsi’s send 4 representatives each to Hokkien Kongsi, Penang and they are the trustees managing 5 temples in Penang. For more information on the 5 temples, please visit http://www.hokkienkongsipenang.com/
Hock Teik Cheng Sin is the umbrella body comprising 5 representatives each from Hokkien Kongsi, Penang; Tong Kheng Seah; Cheng Hoe Seah; and Poh Hock Seah. The famous annual “Chia Hoay” Ceremony (Flame Watching Ceremony at Hai Choo Soo Temple in Tanjong Tokong Seafront ) is carried out by the members of Poh Hock Seah. We just had this ceremony on the 14th day of the 1st lunar month, corresponding to 23rd February 2013 and the prediction on the economy of Penang is “medium” for the first 4 months, “good” for the next 4 months and also “good” for the last 4 months until the next Chinese New Year.
Entrance to Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple at Lebuh Armenian, Penang
Granite plaque telling you about Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, Penang
Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, better known as Tua Pek Kong Temple
Altar of Tua Pek Kong on the Ground Floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple
Urn used in the “Chia Hoay” Ceremony on 23rd February at Hai Choo Soo Temple at Tanjung Tokong Seafront. Notice the flame was so good that even the red cloth was singed.
First floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple as one comes up the staircase.
Entrance to room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang on the right.
Inside meeting room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang
Tong Kheng Seah – altar praying to Jee Tay Yah whose birthday is on 14th day of 2nd lunar month.
Board giving information on Tong Kheng Seah
Room on left – Cheng Hoe Seah praying to Cheng Chooi Chor Soo Kong.
See related article on Flame Watching Ceremony on 14th February at Snake Temple, Penang at the following:-
Board giving information on Cheng Hoe Seah
Exit of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple. Note the narrow staircase on the left of photo.
In the room upstairs, I found Chai Sin Yah (God of Wealth), Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) and Tua Pek Kong (God of Prosperity).
Stepping out on the balcony, I took this photo of the first floor of Hock Teik Cheng Sin Temple, showing room of Hokkien Kongsi, Penang on the right.