PENANG / PULAU PINANG - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA

PLACES OF INTEREST : Places Of Worship

 
 

ACHEEN STREET MALAY MOSQUE

 

In 1820, Syed Sheriff Tengku Syed Hussain Aidid donated a piece of land on which was built the Acheen Street Malay Mosque, which is also known as Masjid Melayu. An interesting feature here is a small window halfway up the minaret. It is said to have originally been a hole made by a cannonball fired during the 1867 triad riots.

 

Opening hours: 11.00am - 5.00pm

 
 
 

DHARMAKARAMA BURMESE TEMPLE

 

A pair of elephants guards the entrance to this Burmese temple. Within the pagoda grounds are a Bodhi tree and wishing pond. It is the venue of many celebrations held during the water festival in April.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.30pm

 
 
 

GODDESS OF MERCY TEMPLE

 

One of the oldest Chinese temples in Penang, the temple was built in 1800 by early immigrant settlers from China. The building, also known as Kuan Yin Teng, is decorated with intricately crafted dragons and sculptured stone lions said to be its guardians. Devotees flock to the temple all year round especially during its anniversary celebrations.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm

 
 
 

KAPITAN KELING MOSQUE

 

 

Built in early 19th century, the mosque features an ochre yellow facade and a dome- shaped minaret reflecting Moorish Islamic influence. It was named after the Indian Muslim merchant, the Kapitan Keling (headman), Caudeer Mohudeen.

 

Opening hours: 11.00am - 5.00pm

 
 
 

KEK LONG SI TEMPLE

 

One of the finest Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia, the Kek Lok Si Temple stands majestically on a bill in Ayer Itam. Built in tiers, the temple boasts the beautifully crafted ?Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddha's'. Taking more than 20 years to build, the temple is set against scenic surroundings. It features shrines, sculptures, gardens and a turtle pond.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am - 6.00pm

 
 
 

KHOO KONGSI

 

It is by far the grandest clan temple on the island. The forefathers of the Khoo family, who emigrated from South China, built it as a clan house for members of the Khoo family. The building was so magnificent that upon its completion in 1898, the roof caught fire, some believe, due to its resemblance to the Emperor?s palace in China. It features a magnificent hall embellished with intricate carvings and richly ornamented beams of the finest wood bearing the mark of master craftsmen from China.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm

 
 
 

SNAKE TEMPLE

 

Built in 1850 and dedicated to the deity, Chor Soo Kong, the temple is located 3.2km from the Penang International Airport. It is a sanctuary for pit vipers said to be servants? of the deity. These venomous snakes, seen coiled around the pillars, beams and potted plants within the temples are believed to be rendered harmless by the smoke of the burning incense.

 

Opening hours: 7.00am ? 7.00pm

 
 
 

SRI MARIAMMAN TEMPLE

 

Fascinating sculptures of god and goddesses greet visitors at this Hindu temple. With a history tracing back to 1883, its interior is ornately decorated and houses the priceless statue of Lord Subramaniam, which is embellished with gold, silver, diamonds and emeralds. The statue figures prominently in the annual Thaipusam festival.

 

Opening hours: 8.00am - 12.00pm & 4.00pm - 9.00pm

 
 
 

STATE MOSQUE

 

The mosque features elegant modern architecture and took four years to complete. It can accommodate 5000 worshippers for congregational prayers.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.30pm

 
 
 

ST. ANNE'S CHURCH

 

This historic church dates back to 1888 and is located in the town of Bukit Mertajam. The new church building, which combines Malay and Gothic architecture, was completed in year 2002. A place of pilgrimage, thousands of locals and foreigners flock to the church every July for the Feast of St. Anne.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm

 
 
 

ST. GEORGE'S CHURCH

 

St. George?s Church Built with convict labour in 1818, it is one of oldest landmarks in the city. At the entrance of this stately Anglican Church, named after the patron saint of England, is the memorial canopy dedicated to Captain Francis Light.

 

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm

 
 
 

WAT CHAIYA MANGKALARAM

 

A unique Buddhist temple with Thai, Myanmarese and Chinese architecture, it houses a 33-metre gold-plated reclining Buddha said to be one of the longest in the world. The niches behind the statue house urns contain the ashes of devotees.

 

Opening hours: 10.00am - 6.00pm

 
 
 
 
PLACES OF INTEREST : Places Of Worship
PENANG / PULAU PINANG - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA