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Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Teng)

Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, Malaysia
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Ranked #44 of 95 Attractions in Penang
Type: Religious Sites
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was one of the first places we happened upon when we got to Penang. It was Chinese Valentine's Day (week), so there was a lot happening here that day. On other days we went by, there always seemed to be things happening here, too. I believe it's the oldest Chinese Temple on Penang, and is definitely one of the... More

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Its the oldest temple in Penang, it is also the home of the Goddess of Mercy, Guang Yin (Kuan Yin). Its not the biggest and flashiest temple but the devotees are there everyday to offer prayers and seek for blessings. Personally, I go there every time I visit Penang to pay my respects to the Lady.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

No visit in Penang is complete without coming by for a faithful prayers. We heard the Goddess of Mercy is very powerful and came for blessing. The place is rather smoky and dated, it is undergoing restoration soon.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We were told that This Kuan Yin Temple was built in the 1800s by early Chinese settlers of the Hokkien and Cantonese communities were once used not only for religious but also for social functions within the Chinese community. The whole area is normally smoky with smell of burning incense from the offering from devotees which could be purchased form... More

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Jakarta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

When You tour Penang, You will find The Old Kuan Yin Temple at Jalan masdjid Kapitan keling, decorated with carvings of Dragons on Pillars as well as Many Other Mythical Creatures. Very Rustic Temple created Simply frm Stones, and Handsome Foo Dogs, (The Mythical Creatures, Guardian of Temples). There is a always Smokey Incense of Prayer going up The Sky.... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

This place gets noisy sometimes and it's almost guaranteed that it will be smoky as the locals come here to light the incence sticks and outside there's a place for kind of big, clolourful incences with a head of a dragon (at least I think so). Lots of big lampions inside. Interesting place, we happened to visit during some spectacles... More

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

A small temple under renovation at the moment. It is so important but so easy to miss. The outer courtyard is usually full of smoke from the huge incense sticks burning in the courtyard. Walk into the inner temple and it is peaceful and quiet, more incense. Lots of small shops around the temple selling incense and offerings. A very... More

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Parramatta, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Dating back to 1728, this old temple avoids much of the limelight having less of the flash & gold of its neighbours. Part of the UNESCO Heritage Trail it is one of the major points of interest just down the road from the Indian mosque. Swarming with people during Chinese New Year it is the most interesting time to pull... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

an amazing building that is worth visiting at different times - during the day to see the architecture and soak in the sense of calm, and at night during festivals to witness the importance of temple to the local chinese community. if you're in penang during chinese new year's eve, walk past the temple around midnight to experience the atmosphere... More

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