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Sandakan | Tham Kung Temple | Sam Sing Kung Chinese Temple |

Orang Utan Rehabilitation centre

 

 

Sandakan is derived from the Suluk word “sanda” meaning, to pawn and “kan” being the suffix. So “Sandakan” means the place that was pawned. Who pawned it, and to whom, remains a mystery. Sandakan was first and foremost a port for the export of logs and timber. In fact, it was said that Sandakan timber went into the building of Peking’s Temple of Heaven. In its heyday, Sandakan used to boast of having the greatest concentration of millionaires in the world! Today, it is known more as the gateway to nature’s most prolific treasures in Borneo.

Sandakan’s prosperity led to an influx of people. Chinese, Europeans, Malay, Dayaks, Dusuns, Sikhs, Pathans, Arabs, Filipinos, Suluks, Javanese, and even Japanese. One of the earliest Chinese immigrant was Kwan Woon Kwong, a general merchant, who established the oldest company of Sandakan, the Man Woo Loong Company in 1882.

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Tham Kung Temple is situated at Mile 1.5 Jalan Utara, this century-old temple was built around 1894. Its uniqueness lies in its “preservation of a temple within a temple” as conservation efforts had literally lifted the old temple and transferred it to within the new temple, a first in Malaysia.

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           Sam Sing Kung Chinese Temple is situated at the edge of the town padang, The Three Saint’s Temple is the oldest building in Sandakan. The three saints are Kwan Woon Cheung – saint of righteousness, the goddess of Tin Hou, worshipped by fishermen and seamen for protection, and the Min Cheong Emperor, worshipped by those who seek success in examinations (even to this day!). Four Chinese communities got together and started the temple: the Cantonese, Teochew, Hakkas and the Hainanese. In the temple is a plate inscribed with the names of all those who gave more than RM2. The bell donated by the first Kapitan Cina of Sandakan, Fung Ming Shan can still be in the temple today.

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Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre is the world's largest and oldest is located at Sepilok, which is a 20-minute drive from Sandakan. An area of 11,000 acres of virgin equatorial rainforest has been set aside as forest reserve and orang utan rehabilitation centre. The centre provides the easiest opportunity to see orang utans close with their natural habitat. A boardwalk leads to viewing gallery and feeding platform where the orang utan are fed twice a day. The best time to view them is during feeding times at 10 a.m, and at 2.30 p.m, at the feeding plat-form. In this centre orphaned or pet orang utans are trained to live an independent life in their natural habitat. The centre is situated in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve which highlights some excellent examples of lowland rain forest tree species.

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