Temple of the Goddess of Mercy where we call it “Kuan Yin Teng” in chinese, is one of the most famous temples in Penang. It is officially known as the Temple of the Hokkien and Cantonese Communities (Kong Hock Keong), thus they name it “Kong Hock Keong Kuan Yin Teng”. The locals call it simple as Kuan Yin Teng
Kuan Yin Teng is located at Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (Pitt Street). It can consider the oldest temple in George Town. And that makes it the mother temple for the Taoists in the city. From the history of Kuan Yim Teng Temple, I am surprised to know that at the time it was built, it was not dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, but rather to Ma Chor Po, the patron saint of seafarers.
The Kuan Yin Teng underwent a major renovation in 1824, when it was enlarged to provide more space for a plethora of new dieties. Last week when I was there, I saw this notice that they are going to renovate again and I believe this is a large renovation as I saw that a lot of section has been covered. A bit sad that I am not able to take much photo. The Kuan Yin Teng offers the best experience of seeing a Taoist temple in action. It is one of the busiest temples within the Inner City of George Town, and there is a great photo opportunity everywhere around the temple compound as well as within.
There is a lot of pigeon there which is one of the attraction there as well. When you mention about temple with a lot of pigeon, the local will tells you Kuan Yin Teng
Address: No 30, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (Pitt Street), 10200 Pualau Pinang, Malaysia Tel: 04-2614175 / 04-2614137 Fax: 04-2615175