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Penang Chinese Taoist Temples are some of the most elaborate and ornate in Malaysia, due partly to the sheer number of Chinese inhabitants in the community, and also to the prosperity of the Chinese especially from the second half of 19th century until the Second World War, when most of the Chinese Taoist temples of Penang were built. Among the Chinese, many practise a form of Taoism that bears elements of Mahayana Buddhism. As such it is not surprising to see images of Taoist deities alongside the Bodhisattvas of Mahayana Buddhism, all within the same temple.

The earliest of the Chinese Taoist temples is Kong Hock Keong, better known as Kuan Yin Teng, or in English, the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy. Initially built by early immigrants to venerate Ma Chor Po, also called Matsu, the patron deity of seafarers, over time the temple became better associated with the Kuan Yin, or Goddess of Mercy. Its formal name of Kong Hock Keong came about because it is the temple built by those the Hokkien and the Cantonese dialect groups in Penang.

In addition to the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy, other noted Chinese temples in Penang include the Kek Lok Si Temple in Ayer Itam, the Tanjong Tokong Tua Pek Kong Temple, which is the most famous of all the Tua Pek Kong temples in Penang, and the Sam Poh Footprint Temple in Batu Maung venerating the footprint of Admiral Zheng He. Not to be left out, the Thai and Burmese communities also built temples in Penang. But while many of the Chinese temples are Taoist by nature, and used for the worship of Taoist deities or deitified personalities, the Thai and Burmese temples are chiefly Buddhist temples, albeit with local elements incorporated into them.

On this page we view the Chinese temples in Penang. The majority are those located on Penang Island, although a few Chinese temples on the mainland is also included, as well as the Thai and Buddhist temples.

Ang San King Temple


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Asia Heights Tou Mu Keong Temple


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Bagan Ajam Hong San Si Temple


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Bagan Dalam Nam Thean Kong Temple


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Bukit Mertajam Kuan Yin Temple


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Butterworth Tian Gong Tan Temple


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Batu Maung Bottle Temple
(Cheng Choo Tze Temple)


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Chai San Tong Temple, Permatang Pauh

GPS: 5.41404, 100.41451

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Chek Hock Tong (Mount Erskine Chinese Temple)


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Cheng Chooi Keong Temple, Batu Maung


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Cheng Leong Keong Temple


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Cheoh Thau Kong, Jelutong


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Cheng Kon Sze Temple
(Cheng Ji Chan, Temple of 1002 Steps)


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Chi Pei Niang Niang Temple, Permatang Tinggi


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Chin Poh Keong Temple, Jelutong


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Chooi Bee Keong Temple, Tanjong Tokong


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Chor Soo Kong Temple, Batu Maung


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Chung Keng Kwee Ancestral Temple


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Da Shan Gong Temple

GPS: 5.46671, 100.2784

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Datuk Ali Shrine
Noordin Street Ghaut


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Datuk Kong Old Temple, Nibong Tebal


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Gaik Cheng Kong Temple, Permatang Pauh

GPS: 5.41429, 100.41168

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Geok San Soo Temple, Tanjung Bungah


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Guan Yin Ting Dou Mu Gong Temple


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Hai Dong Ma Temple, Machang Bubok


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Teochew Ancestral Temple

Han Jiang Teochew Ancestral Temple


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Hean Boo Suah Temple
(Xuan Wu Temple), Balik Pulau


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Hean Boo Thean Temple, Weld Quay


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Hean Chooi Temple
Bandar Sri Pinang


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Heng Len Tuah


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Hean Seng Tong Temple, Tanjung Bungah


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Heong Sun See Temple, Tanjong Tokong


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Hock Teik Chi Temple, Permatang Tinggi


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Hock Teik See Temple, Sungai Bakap


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Hong Hock See Temple, Perak Road


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Hong San Keong Temple
Macallum Street Ghaut


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Hong San Si Temple,
Tanjong Tokong


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Hong San Tai Ong Temple


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Hong Sun Si Temple, Green Lane


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Hor Kai Kong Temple
(Yuen Yin Kong), Cantonment Road


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Hsieh Thien Kong Temple, Jelutong


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Hwa Yen Si Temple, Dato Kramat Road


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Jade Emperor's Pavilion


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Kek Lok Si
Temple of Supreme Bliss


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Kim Ho Keong & Ai Thean Keong


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Kim Leng Tuah, Presgrave Street


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Kong Teik Chun Ong Temple,
Nibong Tebal


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Kuan In Tong,
Nibong Tebal


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Kuan Yin Hoot Chor Temple

GPS: 5.22688, 100.5002

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Kuan Yin See
Burmah Road


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Kuan Yin Teng
Temple of the Goddess of Mercy, Pitt Street


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Kuan Yin Tong, Relau


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Kwarn Inn Sahn Pow Yin Sian Tsi Temple, Air Itam


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Lam Then Keon Temple, Bagan Luar


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Leng Eng Tean Temple, Mak Mandin


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Leng Eng Tong Temple, Jelutong


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Leng Seng Tang Temple,
Sungai Puyu


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Leng Hai Tean Temple, Jelutong


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Leng Sien Keong
Armenian Street Ghaut


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Leng Tang Tai Choo Yeah Temple, Tanjung Bungah


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Mount Erskine Kuan Yim See Temple, Mount Erskine


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Na Zhuo Ya Wang Temple


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Nam Thean Kong Temple, Butterworth


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Nan Tien Gong Temple,
Bukit Gambir


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Ngor Teik Keong Temple,
Tanjong Tokong


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Nine Emperor Gods Temple of Butterworth,
Tow Boo Kong Temple, Jalan Raja Uda


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Nine Emperor Gods Temple of George Town,
Jalan Cheong Fatt Tze


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Nine Emperor Gods Temple of Penang,
Macallum Street Ghaut


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Noordin Street Tow Moo Keong Temple


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Pak Thean Keong Temple,
Bridge Street


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Pearl Hill Tua Pek Kong Temple


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Phu Thor Yen Temple


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Poh Guat Keong, Gelugor


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Poh Huat Tong, Air Itam


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Poh Oo Toong Temple, Burmah Road


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Poi San Kong Temple,
Noordin Street Ghaut


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Qi Sheng Niang Miao Temple 七聖娘廟

GPS: 5.26446, 100.46482

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Sam Poh Footprint Temple,
Batu Maung


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San Hai Kong Temple,
Jalan Bukit Dumbar


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San Huah Tang Temple,
Burmah Road


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San Jiang Temple,
Harbour Trade Centre


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San Wang Foo Miau,
Perak Road


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Seng Hong Beow, Bridge Street


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Shrine of the Jade Emperor, Relau


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Sin Fah Thong Temple, Hye Keat Estate


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Snua Sin Beo Temple, Farlim


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Snake Temple, Sungai Keluang


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Tau Bo Keong Temple, Kepala Batas


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Taman Jernih Tua Pek Kong Temple


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Teong Leng Keong Temple


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Teong Poh Keong Temple, Bridge Street


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Thean Hock Keong, Bagan Ajam


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Thean Hock Tong, Nibong Tebal


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Thean Leong Beo Temple, Nibong Tebal


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Thean Seng Keong


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Thean Teik Estate Old Tua Pek Kong Temple

GPS: 5.38588, 100.28478

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Thean Thay Tong Sum Poh Keong Temple, Teluk Air Tawar

Thean Thay Tong Sum Poh Keong Temple, Teluk Air Tawar


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Thnee Kong Beow, Bukit Tambun


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Tian De Tang Temple, Bukit Mertajam


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Tong Ling Kong,
Presgrave Street


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Tong Tze Tham Temple


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Tua Soo Yah Temple


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Xuan Wu Temple, Balik Pulau


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Yew Min Kung Temple, Bukit Mertajam


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Zhu Lin Si Temple, Perak Road


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Chinese Temples planned in Penang

List of Chinese Temples in Malaysia

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