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My Nice Garden: A Visit to Seen Hock Yeen Temple in <b>Chemor</b>, Perak

Posted: 06 Oct 2012 01:33 AM PDT

I am pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem, a magnificient temple with intricately designed structures and a beautifully landscaped garden complete with lotus and koi ponds, artificial water-falls, rock formations, pagodas and summer pavilions. I visited this place in June 2011 but only get to write a blog post about it now.
The Seen Hock Yeen Temple is located off the Chemor-Sg Siput main road on 1.2 ha of former tin mining land in the town of Chemor, a sleepy hollow about 20 km north of Ipoh.
This temple is managed by a team of volunteers from Chemor town and nearby villages.
At the entrance to the temple is a statue of Sun Tzu (544-496 BC), an ancient military general cum strategist and philosopher who was believed to be the author of the timeless classic, "The Art of War". 
A gold painted statue of a fierce-looking lion.
There is a statue of Confucious inside this building. School students come here to pray to Confucious for success and good luck in their coming examinations. Children can take a figure of 8 crawl under the sage's altar to seek for intelligence, excellent results and also to gain merits for their parents.
This temple is surrounded by a beautiful garden.

If you are unfamiliar with the place and tradition, a temple assistant can act as your guide.

Besides the Jade Emperor, there are also statues and images of numerous other Taoist and Buddhist deities such as Empress of Heaven (Tin Hau) also known as Mazu (Goddess of the Sea), Goddess of Mercy, Four Heavenly (Guardian) Kings, Yue Lao (God of Romance), Ksitigarbha (Di Zang Wang or King of Hell) and the Buddhas for visitors to worship.

Goddess of Mercy Guan Yin with Golden Boy and Jade Girl.

These are gold painted statues of the 12 Animals of the Chinese Zodiac, known in Chinese as Shēngxiào (生肖). One can pay tribute or offer prayers to his/her own animal sign or to the astrological allies and secret friends.

The statues are not arranged in the traditional order with Rat being the first animal of the zodiac. Here the Ox leads in the lineup. This is to promote peace and unity on earth as advised during a prayer ritual to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy just before the setup.
Visitors and their entire families can take part in a cleansing ritual whereby a temple assistant will take you across the 70m long "Destiny Bridge". This ritual is suppose to help dispel whatever bad luck you have had and attract the good luck.

During the journey, you have to only look towards the left side and never turn your head towards the right.

So, with my head turned towards the left side, I could enjoy this lovely lotus pond, pods, flowers and all.
The lotus pond with colourful carps.

Flowers of the Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow plant. Bread flowers or Kesidang. The sweet scent of the kesidang blossoms fills the air. A place where serenity prevails.Yue Lao, the Chinese God of Romance for those who belief that marriages are made in heaven.
He is holding red strings to tie couples together. Single people can pray to him for a good partner.

On the left and right are 2 plates of sweets for the guys and gals to take home.

I wonder if anyone the name of this purple trumpet flowers with yellow centre?
Looks like Ipomoea tricolor?
Dragon images abound here at the entrance to the Jade Emperor Hall.

A summer pavilion. Scenic views of the blue mountains and heavenly skies.
If you are there at the right timing, perhaps you can watch a beautiful sunrise. Pretty flowers of the Amazon Blue aka Brazilian Snapdragon. This artificial waterfall is called "The Wishing Hill.
Here you can throw some coins and make a wish as you cross the bridge.Bidens pilosa, a beautiful wildflower with daisy-like flowers.
It's common name is Cobbler's Pegs or Spanish Needles. A common wildflower, Tridax procumbens or Coat Buttons.
According to a representative, this temple initially started on a small rented property in Chemor in the early 1970s.  Some 4-digit lottery punters went to a cave in Chemor to seek for the winning combination of numbers through a medium. The group had found a sword inside the cave. The medium when in a trance had told them that the cave belonged to Confucius and advised them to set up a temple for the local community. In 1977, the temple was moved to this present site. The expansion was later made possible through donations. 
The temple is now a tourist attraction for the state of Perak.
A clump of Sugar Cane. Cream yellow Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, double flower variety. Yellow Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, single flower variety. Purple colour Hibiscus rosa-sinensis double flower variety A huge bamboo tree.
"A Visit to Seen Hock Yean Temple in Chemor, Perak", a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ on October 6th, 2012.

The temples address is 11/2, Railway Station Road, Kampung Cik Zainal Tambahan 1, 31200 Chemor, Perak. To reach the temple, first go to Chemor town, then take the left turn after passing the railway bridge and drive for about 2 more km.
A dense clump of coral vine (Antigonon leptopus or Chian of Love flowers) suffocating two young papaya plants.

I took this photograph on the dirt road leading to the temple grounds.

Today, I shall be linking in to Fertilizer Friday, hosted by Glenda at Tootsie Time.

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