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Sian Chye Tong, Hye Keat Estate, Air Itam, Penang

The main deity in Sian Chye Tong is Sian Chye Phor Sat (Kumara Sudhana Bodhisattva) popularly known as “Baby God”.  In Penang, all temples celebrate Chinese New Year by switching on their lights to usher in the new year and Sian Chye Tong is no exception.  To welcome the Year of the Snake, they have installed approximately 500 red lanterns together with LED lighting and these will be switched on daily from 7.30 p.m. to 12 midnight.   

It is a glorious sight to behold for devotees visiting the temple to seek the blessing of Sian Chye Phor Sat during the new year.  On Chinese New Year’s eve, prayers will be held and candles will be lit to ask for good health, good luck and prosperity.

They will have an open house to celebrate Chinese New Year at 7.00 p.m. on Saturday, 23rd February with a buffet dinner.

Sian Chye Tong

Sian Chye Tong

Altar of Amitabha Buddha & Bodhisattva

Altar of Amitabha Buddha & Bodhisattva

Altar off Amitabha Buddha

Altar of Amitabha Buddha

Kuan Yin - Bodhissattva Of Compassion

Kuan Yin – Bodhissattva of Compassion

Sian Chye Phor Sat

Sian Chye Phor Sat

Photos – courtesy of Peter Ho and Gary Khoo.  Thank you, Peter and Gary, and a Happy New Year.

Chinese New Year Decorations at Gurney Plaza, Penang

This is a very popular shopping mall in Penang and I also went there to see the Chinese New Year decorations.  It is an eclectic mix of Chinese, Peranakan (Straits Chinese in Penang) and European, if I can say so. 

At the entrance facing Gurney Drive, there is a very attractive Peranakan centre piece of the traditional basket (“sia na”), preserved fruits and oranges, beautifully arranged with lanterns complementing the décor.

In the atrium, interestingly enough, there is an “Oriental-Express” locomotive with lights and red lanterns giving it a very festive air.  It is the locomotive that makes it unique and “European”.

Not to be outdone, some outlets decked their shops with Chinese New Year décor.  To me Christmas in December, followed by Chinese New Year is my favourite time of the year.

Traditional Peranakan decoration at Gurney Drive Entrance of Gurney Plaza

Traditional Peranakan decoration at Gurney Drive Entrance of Gurney Plaza

European style "Orient Express" Locomotive at Main Atrium

European style “Oriental Express” Locomotive at Main Atrium

Red lanterns and lights hanging at Atrium giving it a very festive air

Red lanterns and lights hanging at Atrium giving it a very festive air

Body Shop

The Body Shop looking very attractive with its Chinese New Year decor

Astro promoting its products on the Ground Floor

Astro promoting its products on the Ground Floor

Promotion - buy a luggage bag and you get an artist painting it and putting a protective layer over the picture at no extra charge

Promotion – buy a luggage bag and you get an artist painting it and putting a protective layer over the picture at no extra charge

Good luck, good health and prosperity for the Year of the Snake.

Good luck, good health and prosperity for the Year of the Snake.