Gods and Deities
Statues of Gods in the main shrine of the main hall. The Gods enshrined in the main shrine of Doumu Palace are divided into four layers：
First floor：King Guangze and his two attendants Chen Qincha and Huang Taiwei, Emperor Wenchang.
Second floor：Fude Zhengshen, Zhongtan Marshal, Shancai Boyzi, Confucius, Erlang Shen, Gantian Emperor and Bodhidharma.
Third floor：Zhang Tianshi, Taishang Laojun, Xuantian God, Xianyue Mountain Land Lord, Zheng Chenggong, Guan Sheng Emperor, Marshal Zhao Gong and Qitian Great Sage.
Fourth Floor：Patriarch Qingshui, Marshal Tiandu and Patriarch Pu’an.
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The Eight Immortals：
The Eight Immortals are a group of immortals in Chinese mythology. Each immortal has a magical weapon that can bring the dead back to life or slay demons. These magical weapons put together are also called the Eight Dark Immortals. Most of the Eight Immortals are said to have lived during the Tang and Song Dynasties. They were absorbed into Taoism and are also extremely popular gods in Chinese secular culture. They are said to live together on five fairy islands in the Bohai Sea, one of which is the famous Penglai Island.
Tieguai Li：Always on crutches and holding a gourd, he was the medicine king in the minds of the people.
Zhong Liquan: The image is of a middle-aged man holding a fan, a symbol of financial luck.
Lan Caihe: Good music rhythm, the image is a young boy with a basket of flowers, he is also a flower god.
Zhang Guolao: A long-lived old man who lived in the 7th-8th centuries AD, he held a donkey in one hand and a fishing drum in the other, which is a symbol of longevity.
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At the gate of the Taisui Hall, there is a cave dedicated to the tiger master. A kind of deity in Han folk belief, the tiger god, was originally the mount of the land lord or the city god, and later evolved into the mount of the gods, and has the function of guarding villages, cities and temples. Huye can also protect children, and in many areas there is a custom for children to recognize Huye as their righteous father. Huye can also recruit money, as the saying goes, “Huye bites money”. In addition, the tiger master can also deter villains and drive away evil spirits. The Nine Emperors Temple Tiger Master is enshrined inside the Tiger Master Cave.
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The apse is the last entrance hall on the central axis, and most of the temple apse has the same spatial form as the main hall, but the architectural scale is smaller than the main hall, and it is the place where the accompanying gods are worshiped.
The Doumu Palace has no apse, only an octagonal tower dedicated to the Nine Emperors. This tower is also not a place to worship the gods, but a place to worship the incense burner of the main god. The pagoda is a very Buddhist building, borrowed by folk religion to express the mysterious and sacred atmosphere, and also to suppress feng shui. It is very suitable for use in the Doumu Palace as a place of worship for the Nine Emperors. The building is two-storey and octagonal in plan, although it is similar to a tower in appearance, it does not meet the specification of the height of the tower, and it is more accurate to call it “building”. The folk call it “Bagualou” according to its octagonal shape.
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14 January 2005
Hougang Doumu Palace is listed as a national monument, and every brick and tile is protected by the State Monuments Bureau, becoming an important historical and cultural relic of the Lion City.
However, due to the ravages of wind and rain, the Hougang Doumu Palace was already in danger, with the roof leaking rain and the walls peeling off.
27 December 2015
The Trust Management Committee of the Temple of the Nine Emperors chose an auspicious day to hold a groundbreaking ceremony to start the restoration project of the century-old temple. After the restoration, the temple of the Nine Emperors has preserved the original appearance of the monuments, and the internal shrine has been renovated. The main gods Nine Emperors and Doumu Yuanjun, as well as the widely revered King Guangze Zunwang, Luban Immortal Master, Xuantian God, Bao Gong, Confucius, the Third Prince of Lotus, Qi Tian Dashen, and Daungong, were all enshrined in the main hall.
The renovation of the main hall, the Taisui Hall, the office building, and the parking lot was completed, ending a decade of relying on plastic greenhouses to prevent rain leakage. At the same time, the Temple of the Nine Emperors ushered in the historic moment of the centenary of the establishment of the temple.