Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Teng), George Town





The Goddess of Mercy Temple (Chinese: 觀音亭) (also known as Kuan Yin Teng or Kong Hock Keong) is a Chinese temple in the city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia. Situated at Pitt Street, it was first built in 1728, making it Penang's oldest Taoist temple.
The temple is dedicated to the Taoist Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin. However, the temple had been originally established for the worship of Mazu, a sea deity. Following an influx of ethnic Chinese into George Town after the founding of the settlement in 1786, the temple transitioned into one dedicated to Guan Yin in 1824; by then, it also began to function as a neutral mediator between the rival Cantonese and Hokkien communities.
While the temple's more secular functions have since been passed on to the Penang Chinese Town Hall, it retains its religious significance and remains popular amongst Penangites of Chinese descent. It becomes a focal point for Chinese festivities such as the annual feast days for Guan Yin and the Jade Emperor's Birthday, attracting devotees from across Southeast Asia.
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  • Fascinating to watch the worshippers offering prayers whilst burning joss sticks. These in turn are collected and burnt in nearby fiery cauldrons.  more »
  • This place was heaving with people on Saturday 25th January. The outside air in the courtyard was full of the scent of joss sticks (both small, large and ginormous), plus candles and flowers. Joss...  more »
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  • One of the oldest and famous temples in Penang island, also favourite for tourists especially during Chinese New Year, pray to seek good health, luck and fortune. For Taoist with young schooling children to pray to Confucius孔子 and Wénchāng gōng文昌公 (中 国有“北孔子、南文昌”之说) for guidance in their studies. After the prayer, walk across the street and you have the opportunity to experience the lively Little India for souvenirs, foods, herbs and spices. The surrounding is the famous Penang Heritage trail for you to explore further...the famous Khoo Kongsi enclave is just down the street about 400m away. Please go and explore...
  • A temple that located in George Town Penang. This temple having crowded with the tourist when the Chinese New Year day. This temple also near from Kapitan Keling Mosque and easy to notice from the street. It makes this temple became on of the many tourism attractioin George Town, Penang

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