The Kuan Yin Temple, or the Kuan Yin Teng in Georgetown, Penang is devoted to the Goddess of Mercy and is one of the main centers of worship for the Chinese Taoists in the city. The temple is also home to the worship of Ma Chor Ooh, the patron saint of seafarers who was deeply regarded by early Chinese settlers.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia, dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin. Also known as the ‘Merciful Cloud Temple’ or ‘The Temple of Green Cloud’, it is located at the famous Harmony Street in Malacca. Cheng Hoon Teng is a multi faith temple which practices the doctrine of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
In the midst of quaint little shops and streets filled with colourful trishaws, the Christ Church is immediately recognisable, with its tall, imposing red buildings and contrasting white cross. Located on Jalan Gareja or Church Street, the structure is full of layers of history. Christ Church is still a functioning church in Melaka. In fact, it is quite popular, and sees quite a few visitors, especially during the services.
A once-imposing Portuguese fortress, what remains of the 16th-century architectural masterpiece of A Famosa is a small gateway that acts as a beautiful piece of history in the within the city of Melaka. Being one of the oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in Asia, it has many a story to tell. What was once large and widespread, now stands as a mere gate in Melaka. This is a wonderful spot for photography lovers, who can capture some stunning images of this crumbling structure.
St. George’s Church is an Anglican church located on Farquhar Street in George Town. The 200-year-old shrine is the oldest Anglican Church in South East Asia and also one of the oldest buildings in Penang. The main highlight of St George Church is its recently inaugurated heritage center that provides an atmosphere for fellowship between visitors. The pristine church was awarded the National Heritage Status in 2007 and has been revamped several times.
Melaka Sultanate Palace is located in Melaka City and is a tribute to the Melaka Sultanate. It lies at the foot of St. Paul’s Hill and offers an insight into the ancient Malay Kingdom that existed in Malacca. The Melaka Sultanate Palace is a replica of the palace of Sultan Mansur Shah’s palace during the 15th century. The regal palace was constructed with traditional architectural methods and was built without the use of a single nail.
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Located along Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh in Melaka, Bukit Cina is the largest and oldest burial ground of Malacca’s Chinese community outside of China with over 12,500 graves. Also referred to as Chinese Hill, the cemetery stretches over 3 hills and also includes 20 Muslim tombs.
The forested paths of Bukit Cina are a popular spot for jogging and walking among the medieval graves offering incredible views from the park.
Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, located in Chinatown area of Kuala Lumpur, is the oldest temple of Goddess Mariamman, the manifestation of Goddess Parvati and the oldest Hindu temple in the city. The Mariamman Temple is beautifully crafted and designed in the Dravidian architecture, having a Raja Gopuram Tower at the entrance.
Built in 1521, St. Paul Church is the oldest church in Southeast Asia and Malaysia. It is located on the summit of St. Paul Hill and forms part of the Malaccan Museum Complex. With a 5-century history, what remains of Saint Paul Church are its walls with engraved tombstones, St. Francis Xavier's statue and bell tower.
Located at Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah, Fort Cornwallis (Kota Cornwallis in Malay) is one of the most important structures in George Town, Penang. It is the largest intact standing fort in Malaysia which was built for defending Penang from pirate attacks. Named after Charles Marquis Cornwallis, the Governor General of Bengal, the design of Fort Cornwallis is very much like that of other British forts in India.
The Penang Snake Temple, earlier known as Temple of the Azure Cloud, is a Chinese temple built in remembrance of Chor Soo Kong, a Buddhist prist and healer. Located in Bayan Lepas in the Southwest Penang, this magical temple is one of the few places where one can get close to the venomous snakes and live to tell the tale.