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 later to Jonker Walk where we bought a packet of  Gula Ketuk which didn't impress us at all. Throwing away the balance, oh-god, we just wouldn't want eat anymore, we continued walking to the other side of the street and arrived at the entrance of Chen Hoon Teng Temple.


A Taoist temple, Chen Hoon Teng Temple was founded in the 1600s. Standing tall till this day as  the oldest functioning temple in Malaysia, dedicated to Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy. Indeed, Chen Hoon Teng Temple is the central worship place for Melaka Buddhist community, of course it is now one of the central attractions as well in Melaka, one which you shouldn't miss out as well. Whether you are Buddhist or another religion. No harm done, believe me, at least for a short knowledgeable experience, unless you are a hard-core extremist of your own religion. Chen Hoon Teng Temple, mind you, has garnered a prestigious UNESCO award for its outstanding architectural restoration. All building materials imported from China, speak about the artisans involved in its construction. They sure did a fabulous job. Thumbs up. Do take you moment in viewing the explosion of black, gold and red robed effigy Guanyin in the main temple hall. 



Obviously Chen Hoon Teng Temple reflects the architectural style of South China. Curved roof ridge, chien nien decoration and gable design.The main prayer hall where Guan Yin is, is constructed with dark timber beams, carved woodwork and painted with gold lacquer. Whereas the interior and exterior walls are decorated with dragon and tiger Chinese symbols.


Pretty much, lets say within most to most 10 minutes, you would have seen it at Chen Hoon Teng Temple. We then walked, not knowing what else is in store for us in Jonker Walk, we definitely were on the lookout for other interesting historical places.

To be continued.......

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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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