PENANG 槟城   .   HAINAN TEMPLE

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The temple, called Thean Ho Keong or Temple of the Heavenly Queen, was founded before 1866 and the present building dates from 1895.

It is dedicated to the goddess Mar Chor, the patron saint of seafarers. Goats are slaughtered during the deity's feast days. It is a common temple for the different migrant groups from the island of Hainan in South China, now called Kheng Chew or Hainan province. To celebrate its centenary in 1995, the I 00-year-old temple was completely remodelled by craftsmen from China with elaborate stone carvings and swirling dragon pillars, in accordance to the trustees' idea of what a Chinese temple should look like.

When the Hainan men migrated to Penang late in the 19th century, the key occupations were dominated by other Chinese dialect groups, and so they turned to niche occupations by becoming sailors or cooks. Some Hainanese cooks first served in European and Straits Chinese households before branching out to open their own coffeeshops and restaurants.

To the east of the temple is the Hainan Provincial Association or Kheng Chew Hooi Khoon premises.On the other side at 143 Lebuh Muntri is the association school, Aik Hua, which was built in 1913 and extended in 1919, then rebuilt in 1955 in Art Deco/early modern style. The temple itself was extensively renovated and further embellished in 1995 when the Hainan association celebrated its anniversary.
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