I traveled to Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang) and Brunei for a week, while I attended my Malaysian friend’s wedding at Kuala Lumpur. In this article, I will write about ethnic and religious architecture in George Town (World Heritage Site), Penang Island, as part of Day 4.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1 (1) Flying to Kuala Lumpur (Related article)
* Day 1 (2) Night view of Petronas Twin Towers (Related article)
* Day 2 (1) Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC (Related article)
* Day 2 (2) Aquaria KLCC (Related article)
* Day 2 (3) Bukit Bintang (Related article)
* Day 3 (1) Colonial architecture in Penang (Related article)
* Day 3 (2) Pinang Peranakan Mansion and Eastern & Oriental Hotel (Related article)
* Day 3 (3) Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (Blue Mansion) (Related article)
* Day 4 (1) Ethnic architecture in Penang (This article)
* Day 4 (2) Art works in Penang (Related article)
* Day 5 (1) Masjid Negara and Islamic Arts Museum (Related article)
* Day 5 (2) Chinatown (Related article)
* Day 6 (1) Royal Regalia (Related article)
* Day 6 (2) Old Mosque (Related article)
* Day 7 (1) Water Village, New Mosque and Gadong area (Related article)
* Day 7 (2) Empire Hotel (Related article)
(Day 1, 2, 5, 6: Kuala Lumpur, Day 3, 4: Penang, Day 6, 7: Brunei)
2015.9.22 – 29
NOTE: as the blog title suggests, I mainly write about my travel around Japan, but I will write about my overseas travel in this series.
While there are lots of colonial architectures in the seaside area in George Town, there are lots of ethnic architectures in the inland area in George Town. In particular, since many ethnic temples such as China, Islam and Hindu are built and lined harmoniously along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, the street is called “the Harmony Street”. So, I went around several temples along the Harmony Street.
Khoo Kongsi was built in 1906 by the Khoo family who immigrated from Fujian, China. Many materials and people were sent to Penang to build the temple and it is said to be the most gorgeous Chinese temple.
Exterior of the temple. The cloud was impressive.
Interior of the temple.
View from the main hall.
Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh
Masjid Melayu Lebuh Acheh was built in 1808 by Arab merchants who immigrated from Acheh in Sumatra island. The descendants have lived near the mosque. An octagon-shaped minaret is the symbol of the mosque.
Sun Yat Sen Museum
Sun Yat Sen Museum is museum built in 1910. The museum is dedicated to Sun Yat-sen, a nationalist from China who established the Chinese Republic in 1912 after his efforts in Xinhai Revolution.
Yap Kongsi is a Taoist temple built by the Yap family in 1924. Just like the Khoo family, the Yap family was immigrants fromFujian, China. The Yap family succeeded in trade and became the richest family in Penang.
Masjid Kapitan Keling
Masjid Kapitan Keling is a South Indian mosque built in 1801. “Kapitan” means a leader and “Kapitan Keling” is the honorific title of Cauder Mohuddeen Merican, the founder of the mosque.
Teochew Temple is a Chinese temple built in 1870 by those who came from Chaozhou, China. The temple used to own a school and served as an educational institution.
Maha Mariamman Temple
Maha Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Penang built in 1833 by settlers from India. Unfortunately, the temple was under construction and I was not able to see it.
Kuan Ying Teng
The final destination was Kuan Ying Teng. Kuan Ying Teng is the oldest Chinese temple in Penang built around 1800. On the contrary to Khoo Kongsi in whcih most of the visitors were tourists, I saw many local Chinese people visit Kuan Ying Teng.
That’s it for the article about ethnic and religious architecture in George Town (World Heritage Site), Penang Island. In George Town, Chinese temples, Islam temples and Hindu temples are lined around the Harmony street and churches are lined around the seaside area, which represents the characteristics of Malaysia, as a multiethnic country 🙂
On this day, while I went around ethnic architecture, I also looked around street arts in George Town. I will write about it in the next article.