Denpasar Kwan Kong Bio
Kwan Kong Bio is a Chinese temple in Denpasar Bali, Indonesia dedicated to Guan Gong, 关公, the popular Chinese deity.
The temple was relocated to its current location on 21 July 2001 although based on its material culture, it is clear that the temple has a much longer history with their original location said to be in Java.
The suspected long history of the temple can be supported by signs of cultural fusion. Around the temple are Chanang, the Balinese offerings for the various Chinese deities and the temple also enshrines Balinese deities.
Approaching the temple, visitors seeing a Bali temple gate and next to this Bali gate is the entrance way with a banner bearing the name of the temple.
Kwan Kong Bio layout
The front hall of the temple is dedicated to Guan Gong. This Guan Gong sculpture wears a Balinese hear scarf, definitely a very unique feature in the world of Guan Gong culture. To the left of the hall is Guan Gong’s horse, the Red hare steed, 赤兔马.
This is the hall that host the celebration for Guan Gong’s birthday.
Behind the main hall is a back hall that is easily missed. This hall has a Buddhist name with Buddha and Guan Yin on the main shrine along with other Taoist deities.
Immediately opposite this hall is a small courtyard with various shrines to Balinese deities.
A unique Guan Gong temple
This is neither the oldest nor the largest Guan Gong temple but it is certainly one of the most interesting. This temple, due to its unique historical background and cultural environment, has fused with local culture while maintaining its unique features.
The care takers are very friendly and welcoming giving another reason to make this a must see in Bali.