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20 - 30 Minutes
Located on Kusu island is the popular Chinese temple - Da Bo Gong 大伯公 or Tua Pek Kong (Grand Uncle). Built-in 1923 by a wealthy businessman, the temple houses two main deities - the Da Bo Gong and Guan Yin 观音 (Goddess of Mercy). The former is highly regarded as having the power to confer prosperity, cure diseases, calm the sea and avert danger, while Guan Yin is known as the 'giver of sons'. this temple was built to serve and provide convenient access for residents living in the center, especially those who have difficulties moving around. Between the 1950s and early 1970s, the population of the island was about 2,000 when quarrying activity was at its peak. Three-quarters of the residents were Chinese, one quarter was Malay and the rest were Indian.