Timothy Tye
Penang Nine Emperor Gods Temple


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The Nine Emperor Gods Temple, Penang (28 January, 2013)



The Penang Nine Emperor Gods Temple (GPS: 5.40318, 100.33396) at Macallum Street Ghaut is a temple building constructed on reclaimed land.

The Nine Emperor Gods Temple overlooks the sea with high rise flats behind it. Behind this temple is a plaque stating that the Tow Boe Keong Kew Ong Tai Tay Temple of Magazine Road was officiated by Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, the chief minister of Penang, on 2nd December 1995. As it refers to the temple in Magazine Road, I suppose there must have been a connection.

The Nine Emperor Gods Temple, front view (28 January, 2013)


The front porch of the Nine Emperor Gods Temple (23 January, 2005)


One of the oldest Nine Emperor Gods temple is the 164-year-old (as of 2006) Tow Boe Keong Kew Ong Tai Tay Temple on Jalan Cheong Fatt Tze (formerly Hong Kong Street). I believe it also has a connection to this temple in Macallum Street Ghaut.

Adjacent to the Nine Emperor Gods Temple is Tong Tze Tham Temple, another Taoist temple, this one for the veneration of Guan Sheng Di Jun, otherwise known as Kwang Kong.

How to go to Nine Emperor Gods Temple of Penang

Nine Emperor Gods Temple of Macallum Street Ghaut, Penang is located on reclaimed land facing the sea, with view of the Penang Bridge and the Penang Harbour. To get there from George Town, take the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway and turn left to Macallum Street Ghaut, then go all the way until you reach the intersection with Harbour Trade Centre (Ipmuda Building) on your left. Turn right to Lintang Macallum 2, then go all the way until you arrive at the Nine Emperor Gods Temple on your left.

If coming by bus, take Rapid Penang Bus 303 and alight at the bus stop along Lintang Macallum 1. Walk south along Lintang Macallum 1 until intersection with Cecil Street Ghaut, then continue south on Cecil Street Ghaut till intersection with Lintang Macallum 2. Turn right and continue on Lintang Macallum 2 to reach the temple on your left.

Prayer hall at the Nine Emperor Gods Temple (28 January, 2013)


Altar at the Nine Emperor Gods Temple (23 January, 2005)


Door gods of the Nine Emperor Gods Temple (23 January, 2005)


Side view of the Nine Emperor Gods Temple, with the Pelangi Apartments in the background (23 January, 2005)


Nine Emperor Gods Temple, seaward archway (23 January, 2005)


Entrance archway to the Nine Emperor Gods Temple, with the Tong Tze Tham Temple in the background (4 June, 2006)

The Penang Nine Emperor Gods Temple is on the map of Macallum Street Ghaut Neighbourhood

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