Chinese Temples in Penang

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This is the Goddess of Mercy temple, which is considered the oldest Chinese temple in Penang, built in 1800.

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This is a very active and busy temple, but if you walk around the back, you can sit in a lovely little garden of contemplation.

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Penang has many Chinese temples, and this one below is the Hainan Association and Temple on Jalan Muntri (built in 1895).

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The coloured pottery which adorns these Chinese temples and the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is carefully cut out from bowls such as these. They are only glazed on the outside as they are never intended to be used to hold food.

The Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to paint murals in Penang, just as he had done in Ipoh. This one was almost hidden next to a small Chinese temple.

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