Hougang Dou Mu Gong
with Dr Ji Ling

About the programme

The Nine Emperor Gods Festival (九皇大帝圣诞) held during the Lunar Ninth Month is the highlight of this temple’s yearly calendar! Follow Dr Ji Ling from the Taoist College on a tour to understand the temple’s history and the elaborate preparations leading up to the festival. A Taoist priest will also be sharing more about the prayers and practices conducted during this special occasion! MCF2021 promises that this is a spectacle not to be missed!

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Date and Time

Programme Details

Language

Mandarin

Ticket Price

S$10 (excluding eventbrite service fee)
Meeting Point
Entrance of Hougang Dou Mu Gong (779A Upper Serangoon Road Singapore 534648)

Instructions

Please dress respectfully (e.g. collared shirt, long pants and covered shoes). Masks are mandatory.

Participants must abide by the house rules set out by the host (eg. out-of-bound areas, use of toilet). Facilitators will brief participants before the start of the programme.

Please arrive 20 minutes before our scheduled meeting time for registration and temperature taking.

Please do not attend the event if you are feeling unwell.

Look out for our facilitators who will be wearing yellow or blue festival t-shirts.

Meet Dr Ji Ling!

Hello everyone, I am Dr Ji Ling, Academic Director of the Taoist College! Even though I have witnessed the Nine Emperor Gods Festival multiple times as part of my research, there is always something about the procession, the attention to detail and the dedication of the devotees and religious leaders that leave me deeply touched every single time.

For instance, there was one year I was scheduled to take photographs for the Nine Emperor Gods’ annual sending off ritual. The ritual is quite the spectacle where masses of devotees would witness the lowering and subsequent lighting up of a straw boat at the coast in Punggol. That year, as the burning straw boat drifted away slowly enveloped by the darkness of the night, it was all as per normal until I caught sight of a devotee who continued kneeling with his offerings long after the crowd dissipated. Moments like these remind me of the unspeakable power of devotion and they give me motivation to carry on what I do for the college, the temple and Taoism!

More about the Hougang Dou Mu Gong

Hougang Dou Mu Gong is the oldest temple in Singapore dedicated to the worship of the Nine Emperor Gods. Constructed in 1919 and completed in 1921, the temple is home to several deities in the Taoist pantheon from the Nine Emperor Gods (九皇大帝) and Lady Mother of the Dipper (斗母元君) to the Monkey God (齐天大圣) and Lord General Tiger (虎爷将军). For its rich cultural, religious and historical significance, the temple was designated a National Monument on 11 January 2005.