Nine Emperor Gods Festival

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2017 Dates for Festival

October 11, 2017

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is always held during the first nine days of the Ninth Chinese Lunar Month. In 2017, that’s October 20th to 28th. The schedule of events varies for each of the temples so if you are…

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Let’s Get Started by Looking Back

October 10, 2017

We are only 10 days away from the start of another amazing festival. A quick review of last year’s photos gets me beyond psyched up for what lies ahead! So here are 9 to bring us closer to the Ninth…

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Nine From Hong San Si Temple in Klang

October 16, 2016

Earlier this week, I visited this lovely Nine Emperor Gods temple in Klang. It’s been around for 60 years and, by the looks of it, it’s got a long life ahead of it. With strong Buddhist influences, this temple is…

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Let the Dance Begin!

October 10, 2016

It’s only a few days until the ninth month. My world is beginning to stir with the expectation and the joy of it all. I’m going through last year’s images, just for fun, and as soon as I saw this,…

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Loong Tien Gong (The Dragon Temple)

October 5, 2016

This has to be the most mysterious Nine Emperor Gods temple that I have visited. It sits up on the hill called Bukit Mewah (Luxurious Hill) in Kajang, in a huge, modern complex that exudes prosperity. It is a beautiful…

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Foong Tin Gong, Nine Emperor Gods Temple at Kajang

October 5, 2016

I visited this temple in Kajang on the quiet 4th day of the festival. Got lucky and ran into a blogger friend, Sam, who made sure that I ate good vegetarian food and met the committee. The temple is 75…

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Finding the Energy

October 4, 2016

In the chaos there is energy of light and the heart of percussion. It helps bring the balance. Feeling it! At Nine Emperor Gods temple, in Ampang.

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Game On!

September 30, 2016

The balancing act has begun at Ampang Kau Ong Yah. Here are a few quick images from some of the activity today. I LOVE this festival!! In case you were wondering.

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Starts Friday, Sept 30th with a big invitation!

September 27, 2016

In all it’s wonderful sameness, the Nine Emperor Gods Festival is back again! I’m celebrating the energy with a few shots from last year. Note the schedule on the sidebar on the front page of the blog for dates and…

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October 14, 2015

The energy of the moment, when the Emperor is carried back to the temple, is electrifying. The teeming crowd shouts “HUAT AH!” and fireworks fill the sky. And then, this – the quiet, humble respect of a Sifu charged with…

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