The Golden Seal of the Emperors Arrives in Butterworth

The Nine Emperor Gods Seal is kept in an ornate gold chest

The Seal of the Nine Emperor Gods Temple Association arrived at the beautiful Tow Boo Kong in Butterworth this week. The event was celebrated by an international community of temples, in a raucous, colorful and joyous parade. They told me that it could set a record in Malaysia for the longest procession ever held, and well it could have.

There were groups there from Bangkok, Taiwan and Singapore as well as representatives of all of the Nine Emperor Gods Temples in Malaysia. I was told that there were (auspiciously) 88 floats in the parade.

As I was in Penang (by coincidence), it was only a short ferry ride over to Butterworth to join the party! Here are a few photos that only begin to show how dramatic it all was…