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May 16, 2008 11:24 AM

RM60 Mil Buddhist Temple, New Tourism Icon For Sibu :cheers:


SIBU, May 16 (Bernama) -- Sibu, Sarawak's third largest city, will get a new tourism icon in the form of a RM60 million Buddhist temple, which will open its doors to worshippers and tourists by December.

The Yu Lung San Tien En Si Temple at Km26 Sibu-Bintulu Road here is dedicated to bringing together three faiths -- Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

A private undertaking, it is said to be the biggest of its kind in Asia, with four "Dians" or halls -- Davejara, Mahavira, Maitreya and Daomodian.

Mahavira is the biggest, measuring 24m high, 33m wide and 44m long.

The temple also has the statues of the smiling Gautama Buddha, 18 immortals and seven fairies.

State Minister for Urban Development and Tourism Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said he believed the temple would be a popular tourism lure and a new icon for the town's tourism industry.

He said arrangements are being made to invite at least 1,000 Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian clergies from throughout the world for the grand opening.

-- BERNAMA
 
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