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Goddess of Mercy Temple (Kuan Yin Teng)

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Address: Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Very old Kuan Yin Temple in Penang

This Kuan Yin Temple has a lot of history. In fact, back in colonial times, besides being a temple, it also functioned as a meeting place or "town hall" for the Chinese migrant... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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Penang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This Kuan Yin Temple has a lot of history. In fact, back in colonial times, besides being a temple, it also functioned as a meeting place or "town hall" for the Chinese migrant workers. I was told that due to this complicated history (place of worship, community center, meeting place for Chinese secret societies), the Chinese Buddhist community moved to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice temple after some revamp work in 2016. Joss sticks are not allowed to be brought into inside the temple now, so it makes the air clearer.

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canoga park, ca
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came for Chinese New Year. When we arrived we were really hungry. We got there at 6:55 pm. The restaurant on the grounds closed at 7 pm. We were stuck eating tiny peanuts. The temple was decked out in 20,000 lights. They have a tram that can take you up to the top to the God of Mercy statue.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth a quick look, not anything special but if you're passing pop your head in. Tripadvisor timeline showed me we were there for 7 minutes - only allow a few minutes to visit as not very exciting but if you're passing then why not? Not worth a special trip out of your way to visit as nothing much to see... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

Lots of pretty temples to see in Penang, and this is one of them. The architecture and decorations are impressive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

If you visit one temple in Penang it should be this one. Great location, plenty to see inside and outside, and the architectural details are impressive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017 via mobile

Original built in 1800s with chinese hokkien style to honour the guanyin (bodhisatva of buddism). Building was renovated, but the style still the same as past. Temple is crowded of people or tourists. We can see how the malaysian chinese do theirs worship ritual to their deities/god. If so crowded, you can choose to take a rest at the courtyard... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

As temples go, this has to be one of the oldest in Penang. It's very well known to the locals and visitors. Look out for the pigeons!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

It was very crowded when I visited it on a weekend. There are 2 barrels with some burning materials, coupled by lots of burning sticks used by people as they prayed. Also, many people taking group pictures and selfies at the front areas of this temple! I quickly went inside this temple, said my prayers and took pictures before going... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

Accidentally noticed that there's a small little quiet garden at the backyard when going to the washroom. You may rest your eyes a little from the smoke of joysticks in the main temple.

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