This was one of those rare beautiful kampong temples built in traditional Hokkien style. Dedicated to the Monkey God (from Journey to the West), this temple was demolished in the 1970s to make way for HDB development. An interesting account of the relocation process was related to me by the current caretaker of Ban Siew San temple. Apparently, 8 ‘puays’ (kidney-shaped divination blocks ) were cast with the same results – all poiting to the Monkey deity’s wish to be relocated to Ban Siew San Temple. Why this insistence? Well, Ban Siew San houses several Buddhas and Bohdisattvas. In the legend of ‘Journey to the West’ (written in the Ming dysnasty), the Monkey sage (or Sun Wu Kong) was a loyal disciple of Tang Seng (the Tang Buddhist monk) and therefore would always return to the side of his ‘sifu’ (master) to serve and protect him. It is quite obvious why the ‘Tai Seng Yeh’ (Monkey God) chose to be relocated at Ban Siew San Temple.
kentneo on 21. Kwong Fook Gu Miu, 1880,… kentneo on 15. Tong Xian Tng, 1870, needs… Jimmy Wong on 15. Tong Xian Tng, 1870, needs… Li Xian Kong on Kuan Kong Temple, 1858, d… Pat on Fong Yun Thai Chong De Tang,…