Sunday, June 10, 2012

Chen Hoon Teng Temple - Jonker Walk (Malacca, Malaysia)


So far so good in Malacca. We arrived in Philea Resort (Part 1 and Part 2), thereafter to Bess Kopitiam and at Jonker Walk, we bought a packet of the Gula Ketuk and conveniently throw the balance for its disappointing taste. We then walked to the other side of the street and arrived in front of this temple.


Chen Hoon Teng Temple  - a Taoist temple, founded in the 1600s and stands as the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia. It is dedicated to Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, remains as a central place of worship for the Buddist community in Melaka and has garnered a prestigious UNESCO award for the outstanding architectural restoration. All building materials for the temple were imported from China, along with the artisans involved in its construction. A robed effigy of Guanyin can be found within the main temple hall, an explosion of black, gold and red.


The design of this temple is a reflection of the architectural style of South China - curved roof ridge, chien nien decoration and gable design.The main prayer hall is constructed with dark timber beams, carved woodwork and painted with gold lacquer. Whereas the interior and exterior walls are beautifully decorated with dragon and tiger Chinese symbols.


We stood around 20 mins and off to discover what else is in store at Jonker Walk.

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16 comments:

  1. It's beautiful temple,have fun with your journey Nava !!

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  2. You know, we take things for granted, I never realized that Malaysia has so much to offer, in terms of its History and culture, the pictures look really fantastic, taken from interesting angles and really shows up the architectural splendour, Thank you Nava, for highlighting our Malaysian heritage (we should learn to appreciate our own culture more versus always glorifying and being in love with the Western model, this includes yours truly.

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  3. Such a beautiful temple! I remember my travels around China last summer and each temple just seemed more beautiful then the next. So spiritual and peaceful.

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  4. The photos alone relax me my friend - thank you for sharing :D

    Cheers
    CCU

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  5. wow the art work is truly fascinating Ms.Nava..thank you for sharing it and the architectural designs are amazing..I would like to go there someday ;)

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  6. Pass by this temple but did not go in. nearby there are a few sundry shops. I remembered buying cincalok from there

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  7. I saw this temple when I was at joker street..

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  8. This is beautiful. I'd love to visit the orient someday.

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  9. Nava, I live in an area where we have two Buddhist temples and the architectural design of those temples is very traditionally chinese just like this Taoist temple.

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  10. Nice... I didn't they received an award from UNESCO.

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  11. Nice shots! Passed by this temple but didn't have time to visit...

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  12. The temple looks so beautiful... your photos are great. I love all the colours.

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  13. What a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing these pictures, Nava! :)

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  14. i hope to see malacca someday...

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