Kuan Yin Teng

The Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street, Penang is more popularly known among the locals as Kuan Yin Teng or Kong Hock Keong. It is the oldest Taoist temple in Penang, built in 1728 by the first Chinese settlers.
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The Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street, Penang is more popularly known among the locals as Kuan Yin Teng or Kong Hock Keong. It is the oldest Taoist temple in Penang, built in 1728 by the first Chinese settlers.


The Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street, Penang is more popularly known among the locals as Kuan Yin Teng or Kong Hock Keong. It is the oldest Taoist temple in Penang, built in 1728 by the first Chinese settlers.

The temple building was constructed based on the architecture design principles of the Hokkiens and Cantonese. There are colourful dragon sculptures on the roof and dragon-entwined pillars supporting the high roof in the main shrine.

The Kuan Yin Teng was originally a temple dedicated to Mazu, a patron for seafarers. However, in 1824, when the temple was being renovated, the main deity was changed to Kuan Yin. Kuan Yin is the goddess of mercy and compassion who remains on earth to provide guidance and help to the people. There are other deities in the temple including Tua Pek Kong.

The Taoists seek fortune, good health, good academic results, good marriage and other prayers at the Kuan Yin Teng. People also go there to purchase and then release pigeons to obtain good merit, which signifies new life, freedom and end of suffering - similar to Buddha's teachings in attaining Nirvana.

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Location
30, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling
10200, Georgetown
Penang, Malaysia


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