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"Cheng Hoon Teng Temple" Temple's Tip by Willettsworld

Temple's, Melaka: 48 reviews and 132 photos

The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia. The temple, with its curved roof ridge, cut-and-paste chien nien decoration, and gable design, reflects the architectural style of South China, of craftsmen from Fujian and Guangdong. Meaning Temple of Clear Clouds, it was founded around 1645 by the Kapitan China Tay Kie Ki alias Tay Hong Yong. In addition to being a religious institution, the temple also served as the official administrative centre and court of justice of the Kapitans. In 1824, the British abolished the Kapitan system and the leader of the Temple, now known as "Teng Choo", assumed some of the Kapitan's responsibilities.

The magnificent main hall was first constructed in 1704 by Chan Ki Lock, and was rebuilt by Kapitan China Chua Su Cheong in 1801. The central altar is dedicated to Kuanyin, the goddess of mercy. To her left is Ma Choo, patron deity of fishermen, sailors and sea travellers. Next to her is the goddess of birth. At the far end is Kuan Kong. The deity with the gold face is Pau Sen Ta Tek, the god of welding.

Address: 25 Tokong Street

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  • Written Aug 22, 2010
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