Hong San Si Temple in Chinatown. Kuching, Sarawak. Malaysia. Borneo

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Hong San Si Temple


Thought to date to around 1840, this fine Hokkien Chinese temple with intricate rooftop dragons was fully restored in 2004. There's a big celebration here in April, when a long procession of floats, lion and dragon dancers and others winds its way through town following the altar of Kong Teck Choon Ong, the temple's deity.

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