Kheng Hock Keong


Buddhist Worshipers Set Birds Free to Earn Merit

Posted on May 21st, by Juan in Culture & Customs, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

At the entrance of every temple there are vendors with crowded bird cages.

Worshiper buying a bird at Kheng Hock Keong Temple in Yangon.

She prays with the bird at the entrance of the temple before setting it free.

According to Buddhist beliefs, releasing birds earns you merit. It can also symbolizes letting go of troubles.



Kheng Hock Keong Chinese Temple, Yangon

Posted on May 19th, by Juan in Monuments & Sights, Religious Sites & Temples. No Comments

Kheng Hock Keong is the oldest Chinese Buddhist and Taoist temple in Yangon, situated in chinatown. It was founded in 1861 by the Hokkien community and dedicated to Mazu, the Sea goddess. Kheng Hock Keong means “Temple in celebration of prosperity/fortune” and the name was chosen in gratitude to Mazu for her blessings during their sea voyages and for their prosperity and fortune in Burma.

Statue of the Guardian spirit at the entrance of the temple. Buddhas adorn his crown.

This is the left altar with Guan Gong statue representing him in Bravery & Conquer mood. Guan Gong is the God of war.

The combination of flowers, offerings and incense smoke creates a very special ambiance.

Kheng Hock Keong temple is full of statues, flowers and other decorations in colourful red.

Chimney inside … Read More »






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