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. Related articles