This was a cemetery temple for the Hokkien community built by the wealthiest Hokkien leader then – Mr See Hoot Kee. Malaccan-born, See was a pioneering leader of the Hokkien community in Singapore. He was also a predecessor of Tan Tock Seng and Tan Kim Seng. Not only was he a major contributor to this temple and Thian Hock Keng, he was also a president of Cheng Hoon Teng in Malacca in his later years. The main diety of this temple was Tua Pek Kong. To his right stood the City-god diety and to his left was the Goddess of birth. In those days when there were no such thing as KK hospital, people(mostly women folk) will pray to the Goddess of birth in fertility matters. It would the third oldest Tua Pek Kong Temple if it were still standing today. In one of the granite tablets which was also destroyed by fire in the 90’s, a total of 108 donors were recorded. The number 108 strongly suggests an underlying clandestine nature of the founding members. Were they anti-Qing or just another secret-society, nobody knows. I have visited this temple in the 80’s when it was already in a derelict state. The timber details were simple, robust and somewhat reminded me of Cheng Hoon Teng. The dieties were all recessed behind a secondary timber-framed wall fashioned in a form of traditional folding doors. I was shocked to recieve the news in May 1992 when it was besieged by fire. Some say the gods were angry as the temple had become so decrepit that they would rather raze it to the grounds. The site now is an empty plot of turfed ground, like any other grassy patch you would see in Singapore. Buildings, fashion and people in Singapore comes and goes, nobody gives a damn.
– Kent Neo
I believe it was the oldest (along with Wak Hai Cheng Beo) as it was there when Raffles arrived. It was built and lived in by the keeper who looked after the thousands of graves on the Hill of Teng – that the British exhumed to build the General Hospital. One of the Temple Keepers 100 years ago was carried off by a tiger!In their front courtyard they had two very rare Dragon Claw Trees – greenish-yellow flowers with curly petals a bit like orchid that looked like Dragon Claw – very good Feng Shui – but obviously not good enough to allow the temple to burn down!
Went to Bollywood Veggies with Geraldene today and guess what? I’ve finally seen the legendary Dragon Claw tree! According to my mum, in her kampong days, the fragrant flowers were offerings for dieties. She calls it Eagle Claw tree though. Apparently, the fragrant flowers of this tree is also used in French perfumes.
-Kent , 27 Nov 2005
Found another Eagle Claw tree at Kuan Yin San Temple along Dunearn Road, looks like a Cantonese Buddhist temple less than a 100yrs, anyone know more about this temple can leave your comments here . Kent – 20 Oct 2007
从碑文资料看恒山亭 – http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_5de4db230100cbt6.html
道光年古墓群现荒山老林 – http://go2.10086.cn/www.zaobao.com/sp/sp121223_012.shtml