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Goddess of Mercy Temple

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As one of Penang’s oldest and most celebrated buildings, the Goddess of Mercy Temple is also one of the island’s most historically revealing.

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It was the Brits, of course, who laid claim to having “discovered” Penang when Captain Francis Light founded Georgetown on behalf of the East India Company in 1796, but the reality is very different and this iconic temple is living proof that the Chinese were here long before.

Curious about your fortune? Photo taken in or around Goddess of Mercy Temple, Penang, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Curious about your fortune? Photo: Sally Arnold

Also known as the Kuan Yin Teng, the position where the temple now stands was venerated by Chinese sailors from as early as the 12th century. The site was originally a small hillock, raised above the surrounding swamp and overlooking the sea, and this blessed it with very auspicious feng shui energies of the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)


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