Goddess of Mercy Temple

The oldest Chinese temple on Penang

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What we say: 4 stars

The oldest Chinese temple on Penang, the Goddess of Mercy was founded in 1801 after Chinese settlers received the plot of land it stands on from the British. The street directly opposite is named Lebuh China -- an effort by the British to make clear as to who stayed where. Worshippers here congregate to burn incense and pour oil over sacred objects. The temple is very much still in use and while there's no visitor information at all it's amazing to watch the comings and goings in contrast to its surroundings.
Keep an eye out for believers letting off steam at pictures of their boss, which they then stamp on and finally burn to release bad luck. Outside on the stone court in front of the temple is constantly burning incense and paper money -- offerings to ancestors. The street out front is often clogged with vendors selling 'release for good fortune birds' -- you pay a fee and the bird is released, only to be caught and popped straight back into the cage once you've left. This temple is also referred to as Kuan Yin Teng Temple.

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Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Georgetown
Last updated: 24th June, 2009

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