Fiery dance to mark temple's 150th anniversary

A 45m-long fire dragon danced its way through the smoke last night to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sar Kong Mun San Fook Tuck Chee temple in Kallang. Weighing 100kg, the plaited straw dragon was filled with lit joss sticks and wielded by the te
PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

A 45m-long fire dragon danced its way through the smoke last night to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Sar Kong Mun San Fook Tuck Chee temple in Kallang. Weighing 100kg, the plaited straw dragon was filled with lit joss sticks and wielded by the temple's lion dance troupe. During the finale of a three-day celebration, a book chronicling the temple's history was also launched. A Kampong And Its Temple tells the story of the Cantonese temple, which was founded in 1866. Last night's celebrations followed the launch of a history exhibition last Friday and a cultural workshop on the history of Tu Di Ye Ye - the "God of the earth" - on Saturday. The history exhibition, featuring artefacts and a model of the temple during its kampung days, is on show at the temple until Wednesday from 10am to 9pm daily.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2016, with the headline 'Fiery dance to mark temple's 150th anniversary'. Print Edition | Subscribe