After Aric had heard that a temple near Kuala Pilah had built three giant joss sticks for an upcoming festival., he suggested that we should go there and have a look. Kuala Pilah, in Negeri Sembilan is quite far from KL and it took us almost two hours to reach the temple. The temple is located about 7 km sount of Kuala Pilah, along the road to Tampin. We were not the only visitors, there was a massive crowd. Well organised, we followed instructions to find a parking place.
We started our visit with the giant joss sticks. And huge they are, almost 20 meter tall. Visible from far away.
.The yellow ribbon left is a tape measure. Starting from 0 m at the top until almost 20 m at the bottom.
Beautifully decorated with dragons. Here are details from the three sticks
Left the top part of the center joss stick. Notice the many supporting cables in the right picture.
There is a lot more to see in this Si Thean Kong temple. It is a Taoist temple, dedicated to the Nine Emperor Gods. Originally it was located in the center of Kuala Pilah, but moved to this new location in 2015. Still not yet completely finished, there are plans to add a pagoda, but already quite spectacular.
The Nine Emperor Gods festival takes place in the beginning of the ninth lunar month, culminating on the ninth day. This year that will be on 4 October and that explains the huge crowd of devotees. On that day the crowd will be much larger. Usually the temple will be more quiet, see this YouTube video.
Here is a drone video of the temple complex, taken by Aric.
We walked down from the joss sticks to the main temple.
The main temple
Inside the temple you have to take off your shoes. Better remember where you left them, with this crowd it might be not easy to find them back. You can give a donation for the ongoing construction.
After visiting the temple we walked around. Well organised. Here a view of the monumental entrance arch. Tables and chairs for the visitors to rest.
And eat! There was a hall were free food was served, I had a plate of mee goreng , while Aric was busy droning. The right picture shows a contraption, where a waterspout would rise in the air when you blew in the horn. Not related to the Nine Emperor Gods, just fun for young and old.
I took a short video of the horn blowing.
Here is the monumental stone arch, the biggest in Malaysia and already in the Malaysia book of records.
View from the roadside. At the main event on 4 October, there will be a big procession, where the “boat” in the right picture will take part.
We made another round, climbing up to the joss sticks and down again to the crowd
Aric took another video of the temple complex.
The crowd had grown a lot
There was entertainment, left a traditional Chinese opera, right a modern light show.
There were also many food stalls, but with very long queues, so we gave up, walked back to our car and had a late dinner at a Malay stall in Kuala Pilah.
This temple will become a major tourist attraction in Negeri Sembilan and even in Malaysia. Many of my friends are not yet aware of this place.