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Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

TIME : 2016/2/22 11:56:03
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Malaysia’s oldest Chinese temple, first constructed in the 1600s, is still a fully operational place of worship for followers of the three doctrinal systems of Taoism, Confuicianism and Buddhism. It’s also a standout destination in historic downtown Melaka, where the entire city center is a UNESCO cultural heritage site for its role as a major East­-West trading hub.
A few blocks from the Sungai Melaka river, the temple served for centuries as the center of a burgeoning Chinese immigrant community, and the former administrative offices of the Capitan—the community leader, spokesperson and liaison with the British administration—can now be seen on a self-­guided tour. Incense wafts from the elaborately lacquered prayer hall, while monks and nuns based at the temple occasionally wander the grounds offering a shared prayer. The deities of mercy, justice, well being and seamen decorate the ornate main altar.
Cheng Hoon Teng translates to Temple of the Green Clouds, the origins of which are detailed on a 19th-­century tablet etched with Chinese script—the temple inspires those who are blessed with wealth to rise from the green, rich Earth to pure heavenly clouds—but locals also refer to the temple as Kebun Datok (God’s Garden) or Kwan Yin Teng. The temple underwent major rebuilds in 1801 and 1824, and ongoing renovation and restoration ensures authenticity in line with its early years.

Practical Info

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is on Jalan Hang Lekiu and a stone’s throw from the historic Sri Poyyatha Vinayager Moorthi Hindu temple. There is no admission charge to enter Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, though donations are always welcome—just leave them in the on­site boxes. The building is open from approximately 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. Most tours of the city—including day trips from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore—include stops at Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.