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View from Ching San Yen Temple, Kuching 古晋青山巖

View from Ching San Yen Temple, Kuching 古晋青山巖

 



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Ching San Yen
古晋青山巖

This Buddhist temple is called Ching San Yen. It is situated on a 2.5-acre site on a hill at 120ft above sea level at the left hank of the estuary of Sarawak River. This temple is about 15 nautical miles from the barrage of Sarawak River and 30 kilometers from Kuching city centre.

This temple in Kampung Muara Tebas, is the biggest temple within the jurisdiction of Kuching City North Council. Kampung Muara Tebas is a Malay fishing village lull of racial harmony and religious tolerance.

A National Tabloid, The Star in its National Day special edition dated 31st August 1995 listed Kampung Muara Tehas as a place that practices the most religious tolerance in Malaysia. Meanwhile, "The Sarawak Book of Amazing Facts & Records" published by the Ministry of Tourism of Sarawak in 2001 has described Ching San Yen as the most decorative Buddhist temple in Sarawak.

History:

According to oral history in Kampung Muara Tehas, Ching San Yen had already existed on the present hill 200 years ago. At that lime, the temple was small when Chinese and Malay traders carried out trading at (lie village.

The origin old Ching San Yen has two versions. The first version relates its origin as follows:- about 200 years ago, Chinese immigrants, having safely arrived at the estuary of Sarawak River, built the temple on the hill at the left bank of the estuary of Sarawak River based on the best geomancy selection so as to thank the Buddha, Bodhisattvas & Macho (Goddess of Sea) for their blessing of a safe journey. They would come to the temple to worship from time to time to obtain blessing for good health and good business.

Thereafter. Chinese immigrants on reaching the estuary of Sarawak River would pay homage to the Buddha offering thanks giving for a save journey. Likewise, immigrants, before set sail for their homeland would also visit (he temple to pray blessing for a save journey home. They would also drink water from a well below the hill on which the temple is built for health. The other version says (hat 200 years ago many Chinese came to Sarawak for trading.

They made a trade station along the sea side behind the hill of the temple. They also selected the present site as a place of good geomancy to place the statue of Buddha, other Bodhisattvas & Macho (Goddess of Sea) for worshipping for good business and blessing. They needed fresh water. Following the indication of Buddha, they found a well below the hill on which the present temple is sited. The well provided adequate fresh water and Kampung Muara Tebas then became a trading post.

This well is still in existence. It had been the source of fresh water until 1980 when water supply was extended to the village. According to historical records Ching San Yen underwent a major renovation in 1903. It is generally believed that the Ching San Yen began as a small temple and developed by stages to become a big temple. Historical record shows that the temple was renovated in 1903; was managed by two monks whose names are inscribed on a piece of signboard now hung at the main temple hall, all donors (or this renovation have their names inscribed on a stone plague now cemented to the inner wall of the temple.

Development of Ching San Yen

In June 1979, a stall quarters was built mid in September of the same year, the roof of the main temple was repaired.

On 1st May 1984, Kuching Hockien Association look over the administration of (lie temple and carried out a survey on the temple. It was decided to carry out a major renovation. On 24th January 1994, the earth breaking ceremony for the renovation was officiated by (lie Minister in Chief Minister's office Datuk Dr. George Chan Hong Nam. Renovation works was completed on 30th June 1996 with the floor area of the temple extended from 5590sq ft to 9278sq It and two wings added to the main temple. The original wooden structure and carving have been re-conditioned and kept intact. All the roofs have been covered with yellow gazed tiles with assorted porcelain artifacts such as dragons and fish etc. Many Buddhist auspicious signs and artifacts were added to the building.

On 4lh August 1996, Deputy Chief Minister, Minister of Finance and Public Utilities and Minister of Industry Development, YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr. George Chan Hong Nam officiated the completion ceremony of this renovation works which marked a turning point of the history of Ching San Yen i.e. its transformation from an old and dilapidated temple to a magnificent and decorative one.

The second phase of renovation works consisting of one vegetarian dining hall, two public toilets and decorative fencing wall was completed in August 1998. The third phase renovation works consisting of landscaping of the garden, one fountain and one pail's of Buddha's foot print of 108 auspicious articles was completed in October 2000.

 

Lunar Month  Name of Festival Celebration
4th day to 15th day of
1st moon
Paying annual homage to Lord Buddha
  1. Thousands of devotees bring in flowers, fresh fruits & red/yellow candles to the temple to offer to the Buddha.
     
  2. Devotees to obtain fortune prediction for the coming year.
     
  3. Devotees to make wishes in front of Lord Buddhas, other Bodhisattvas & deities & give donations.
     
  4. Devotees bring the family members to enjoy free vegetarian noodle, hot drinks & blessed water for health & happiness.

 
 

Buddhas and Deities worshipped at Ching San Yen Temple :

At the forefront altar

The Heavenly King
Lao Tze (Founder of Taoism)
Deities of Sun & Moon

In front of the main altar
Macho (The Goddess of Sea) & her two aides


At the main altar
Lord Buddha, Amitaba, Buddha of Medicine


Right side of altar
Avolokitesva Guan Yin (for compassion)
Samantabhadra (for peace & happiness)
Manjusri (for wisdom)

Left side of altar
Ushnishavijaya (protector of life)
Ksitigardha (consoler of the dead)


Left wing of the temple
Deity Tua Pek Kong


Right wing of the temple
Deity Kong Teck Choon Ong
Deity Siang Tian Sian Ti
Deity Pau Kong


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