Tua Pek Kong
- Lebuh Armenian
Lonely Planet review for Tua Pek Kong
The name is ostensibly Tua Pek Kong, but this recently renovated structure, resplendent in red and gold and with polished black columns, has quite a few more aliases: Hock Teik Cheng Sin, Poh Hock Seah, Hokkien Kongsi and Tong Kheng Seah, among others. What’s with all the names? Well, besides serving as a temple and assembly hall, this building has also been the registered headquarters of several secret societies (Aside: secret societies register their headquarters? Really? With who?). Each society occupied a different portion of the temple, which became a focal point during the 1867 riots/war between societies. The fighting got so intense a secret passage was built between here and Khoo Kongsi for the purpose of a quick escape. While you search for the corridor, be sure to admire the gilded filigree and lacquered roof beams that give this once underground HQ such an imperial Chinese vibe.