PENANG 槟城   .   KUAN YIN TENG TEMPLE

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The Goddess of Mercy Temple in George Town, Penang is fondly known among the locals as 'Kuan Yin Teng' in Hokkien dialect. Stands as one of the oldest Chinese temples in Penang, it was built in 1728 by Chinese settlers boasting Hokkien and Cantonese architecture.

Located at the intersection where China Street meets Jalan Kapitan Keling (formerly known as Pitt Street), The Goddess of Mercy Temple is always incredibly active throughout the opening hours from as early as 6 am and as late as 8 pm. 

Kuan Yin Teng or Kuan Im Teng also houses other deities including Tua Pek Kong, Hor Ya (Tiger God) and Tai Sui (God of the Year). What I recalled vividly as a young child years ago, my late grandfather would sort of read our 'destiny' of the new year based on an annual 'prediction' (Tong Su) book. In the event of any obstacles foreseen, we would be encouraged to pray to either 'Hor Ya' or 'Tai Sui' based on individual's compatibility. Therefore, during Chinese New Year (between Day 1 to Day 15), this temple invites thousands of visitors in a day to perform special prayer for a blessed year ahead!

If your visit fall either first or fifteenth day of Lunar calendar, the temple's atmosphere is extremely lively! With the flowers and praying material (joss-stick, incense, candles, oil and burning paper) conveniently available outside the temple, one just needs to pay a small sum to perform their offering. Observing vegetarian diet is highly encouraged on these holy dates, thus sometimes you may found vegetarian food served there.

Opening Hours 6am - 8pm
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Address Lintang P Ramlee, Pulau Pinang
Contact 04-264 3494 ‎
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Address10, Jalan Irrawaddy, 10050, Pulau Pinang, Pulau Pinang,
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