After that long wait in Shanghai Fried Siopao, we decided to hit our next destination, a small and seemingly unnoticeable temple hidden in a building in a humble street of Kipuja! The temple is known as Kuann Kong (Kuan Kong , Guan Gong) which is named after the Chinese God of War. It is also known as the Chinese-Buddhist Temple. The temple is accessible through a building and is situated on the top most floor (you can use either the stair or the elevator to reach it)
The Kipuja St sign. It was a very narrow street and without this signage, the place is quite hard to locate!
Unlike the Seng Guan Temple, this one is relatively small. You will be welcomed with a similar set up. You’ll find a bowl of Ashes and an Altar featuring the statue of Kuang Kong, the Chinese god of war and is also one of the Chinese gods of wealth who provides wealth and prosperity. Kuan Kong is also the guardian of all business owners, politicians and leaders in general.
Upon doing a research, I learned that the two other statues beside Kuang Kong are the Jade Emperor and Pia Be Kong.
Sorry, I can’t read Chinese but this sign will welcome you when you enter the building. Care to translate?
The entrance to the Kuang Kong Temple
The temple is also known for their fortune telling not through a fortune teller but through the red wooden half moons. We saw this man doing the ritual. It goes like this, you just have to formulate a question that is answerable by Yes or No. Now take two wooden red moon and let them drop on the floor. If the same two halves face up, wishes and requests can be granted but if they don’t then it’s the other way around.
Bundle of sticks similar to what we have seen in Seng Guan Temple.
You can also offer incense sticks and wish for a much more prosperous year ahead!
Outside, you’ll see a huge candle rack where people can offer prayers and ask for their petitions by lighting up red candles (I’m not sure if it should always be red though). Beside this rack is a huge wood stove where you can burn the paper money.
It was just a quick trip and we didn’t stay that long. We left the area after making out petitions and offer prayers. After the Kuang Kong, we headed to another known church in Binondo, the Sta Cruz Church!
Next Entry: Sta Cruz Church in Binondo
Check Out The Rest of My Binondo Trip Here
Binondo Church │Plaza San Lorenzo Ruiz│Nuestra Señora Dela Soledad De Manila Parish │Cafe Mezzanine │Seng Guan Temple│Lion and Dragon Dances │Lucky China Town │Cosplayers In Binondo│Sto Cristo De Longos De Binondo│Dong Bei Dumplings │Shanghai Fried Siopao│Kuang Kong Temple│Sta Cruz Parish Church │Sincerity Restaurant │Ho-Land & Eng Bee Tin