On the Chinese New Year, it is customary for the Chinese to visit a temple for blessings and offerings. The Goddess of Mercy Temple, located in Georgetown, Penang, is Penang’s oldest and most renowned temple. Every year, followers of Taoism and Confucianism go to the temple on the night of Chinese New Year. To pray to the Kuan Yin deity for good health and fortune throughout the year.
The Goddess of Mercy Temple, also known as Kuan Yin Teng. Was established in the 1800s by nearby Hokkiens and Cantonese residents.
Both Buddha and Kuan Yin had followers, with some claiming that Kuan Yin outshone Buddha. In certain respects, since she lavished her devotees with love and compassion.
The temple is famous for its traditional Chinese architecture. Including dragon carvings on the temple’s stone pillars, lofty ceilings, and roof ridge linings. But wait, there’s more! The interior prayer room of the Penang Kuan Yin Temple has a stunning 18-arm Kuan Yin deity. And lovely red Chinese lanterns dangle from the ceiling.
How to get there
If you’re traveling to the Goddess of Mercy Temple Penang from Sunway Hotel Georgetown by car or Grab. It is only a 2 km-long journey, taking you approximately 10 minutes.
Opening Hours: 5.00am to 6.00pm (Hours may vary during festivities and celebrations)
Location: 30, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, 10200 George Town, Penang
Tel: +604 261 6663