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Address: Lot 894 & 896 Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth 12300, Malaysia
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+60 4-331 8717

Rumah Berhala Tow Boo Kong Butterworth, or Tow Boo Kong Temple for short,...

Rumah Berhala Tow Boo Kong Butterworth, or Tow Boo Kong Temple for short, is one of the most distinctive Nine Emperor Gods Temple in Malaysia. Located in Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, Penang, this majestic temple stands on 2 plots of land with a total area of 40, 000 square feet.From a small unknown attap shed 40 years ago to an opulent renowned place of worship, Rumah Berhala Tow Boo Kong Butterworth had a humble beginning and had grown steadily throughout the years. Built in 1974 and fully completed on 26th April 2000, the building of this temple is made possible through the generous contributions and support of the government and its devotees. The existence of this impressive temple is a form of affinity that brought the devotees and the temple together.

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Beautiful temple

The architecture and design of this place is stunning, I visited this place during the day and the temple was quiet and deserted. Lots of detail and vibrant colours. I won't... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Vikki L
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The architecture and design of this place is stunning, I visited this place during the day and the temple was quiet and deserted. Lots of detail and vibrant colours. I won't recommend going unless it's during a festival period as there is nothing much else around. The temple is in a very industrial area looking area but there are local... More 

Thank Vikki L
Wels, Austria
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

for the chinese year of the rooster they put in place some giant roosters just in front. nice to see, would not recommend to go just for that Temple to Penang/Butterworth. If you are already in one of the many Penang island hotels it is a short trip over the bridge - 40 minutes! Nice ornaments and lots of details.

Thank sauraumpfa
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

One of the must see in BUTTERWORTH town. The temple has been the centre of attractions and a must to visit by locals. This year the temple has setup a giant rooster to usher the Chinese New Year of rooster.

Thank lsg181
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 January 2017

If one has some understanding of the Taoist religion, then this temple has some greater significance. Otherwise, to the ordinary (uninformed) visitor, it becomes a spectacularly ornate temple. Either way, and given there is not a great deal else of attraction within Butterworth itself, it is easy to find, and worth a visit.

Thank FyingKiwi
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 8 January 2017

What a lovely and inspiring place, literally in the back streets of Butterworth, so worth the visit. Everything about the temple if jaw dropping in it's beauty and intricacy. We came over from Penang Pulau (by Uber) specifically to see this temple and were not disappointed.

Thank Andrew R
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Not only is it a local asset used by many, it is well worth a visit by tourists if you are in the areas.When we were there it was quite and peaceful. Recommended

Thank RonA_Plymouth
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Nice temple with lovely Chinese architecture a bit of a trek to get to if using public transport but we'll worth the effort and it's free entry.

Thank square_eys
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

This is the place to be in when you visit Penang for the Nine Emperor Gods Festival. It's the heart and soul of the festival and attracts 1000's of people in the 9 days. At other times of the year it's a great place of peace and highly recommended to visit although you either have to take a taxi or... More 

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Reviewed 11 January 2016

Been there for few times. Is still the best and the grand temple in Butterworth area. It worth to visit! After visit you can go food court that within 5-10min driving distance. Lots of good food at that area!

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Reviewed 4 November 2015

This is one of the largest chinese temple you can find at Butterworth. There are having 10 day Mega praying ceremony on September lunar calendar.

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