Situated on the east coast of Pulau Pangkor, the Fu Lin Kong Temple is the biggest Taoist temple in the island. There are a number of Chinese locals in Pangkor Island following Taoist teachings. The temple is the center of worship of Taoism in the island, the religion that follows the teachings of Lao Tze, a great Chinese philosopher. The temple is located in Sungai Pinang Besar village, at the bottom of Pangkor Hill. It is one of the most popular Chinese temples in Perak and every tourist visiting Pangkor should take a glimpse of the scenery and colorful landscapes surrounding the temple. Every year, more and more Chinese tourists visit and pray in the temple to acquire blessings from God. Other tourists from different countries also visit this famous temple because of the natural and beautiful surroundings that are ideal for photo activity.
Looking from afar, the Fu Lin Kong Temple radiates tranquility, its serene image nestled against the rocky forest and tall pine trees. Before entering the temple, you will see large white rocks are beautifully arranged before it and the dense flora and fauna behind the temple that evoke nature at its most serene. The Chinese temple, which was just refurbished, is a must-visit place because of the several attractions found within the temple vicinity. It is brilliantly painted with gold, green and crimson and attractively decorated with crafted stone sculpture of sinuous dragons and Chinese deities. The architectural style of the temple is highly ornate, with Chinese architectural design. It is crowned with a pagoda-style roof.
Outside the Fu Lin Kong Temple, you can find several interesting spots. Other than getting blessings from the god inside the temple, there’s a small pond for making wishes and another one where numerous little turtles dwell. According to Chinese tradition, turtles are believed to symbolize longevity. You can also see the temple’s reflection on the water garden built on the hillside, along with the beautiful and colorful kois and water plants ornamenting the pond. A number of rock paintings can also be seen within the temple ground including with painted images of deer, human heads and different Chinese symbols.
Built on the beautiful garden at the hillside, you can admire the miniature Great Wall of China replica. The details of the replica are very interesting: an ideal place to snap some photos. Behind the temple is a steep staircase that you can climb until you reach the peak of Pangkor Hill. When reaching the hilltop, you will be rewarded with a view of the entire fishing village in front of the temple in the distance and the breath-taking view of the sea.
Being the most visited tourist spot in Pangkor Island, there are numerous shops and souvenir stores within the Chinese temple entrance selling ball caps, sun visors and other souvenir items. From a distance, the Fu Lin Kong temple is indeed visible and it looks similar to picturesque Chinese shrines commonly seen in postcards, lying dramatically against the thick, woody hills. If you are searching for a peace and quiet place, the serene atmosphere of the temple can truly bring you closer to nature.