Penang Hungry Ghost Festival 2014 – 大士爷 (Tai Su Yah)

It’s now the 7th month of the Chinese Lunar calender and it is this month that the Chinese folks belief that the gates of hell will be open. Dead souls are allowed to roam the streets of the living for this month. Phor Thor or the Hungry Ghost Festival is being held to worship the Tai Su Yah for good luck and protection.

This huge 大士爷 (Tai Su Yah) paper effigy is the largest in Malaysia. It is located at Jalan Pasar, Bukit Mertajam. The craft work on this paper effigy is just amazing.

大士爷 (Tai Su Yah)

Dragon Incense

Tua Pek and Phor Kua

Thor Tay Kong and Jee Pek

Tai Su Yah

大士爷 (Tai Su Yah)


Paper "Ong Lai"

Bukit Mertajam Tai Su Yah

大士爷 (Tai Su Yah) – King Of Hades

The Phor Thor (Hungry Ghost Festival) in Penang is quite a happening one. The chinese believe that throughout the 7th month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the gates of hell are open and the ghosts and spirits from the lower realm will roam the street of the living.

In Jalan Pasar, Bukit Mertajam, Penang, a huge paper effigy of 大士爷 (Tai Su Yah) otherwise known as The King Of Hades is put up for public praying. This paper effigy is said to be the biggest in Malaysia sitting at the height of at least 7m to 8m tall.

大士爷 (Tai Su Yah)

Burning Incense

Long Offering Table


Traditional Chinese Opera

Colourful Opera Performance

大士爷 (Tai Su Yah)