Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in Malacca is a historical and monumental temple that withstood the ravage of time and amongst one of the oldest functioning temples in Malaysia. To the locals, Cheng Hoon Teng temple is also known as Kebun Datok (God’s Garden) or Kwan Yin Teng.
The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is situated in the heart of Melaka along Jalan Tokong, which is also known as the Harmony Street where an Indian temple Sri Poyatha Venayagar Moorthi Temple and a Malay Muslim Kampung Kling Mosque are positioned at close proximity on the same street, revealing a strong racial harmony among the Malaysian population.
Cheng Hoon Teng was founded in the 1600s by the Chinese Kapitan Tay Kie Ki to serve for the Chinese community’s religious needs. During the Dutch and Portuguese reign, Kapitans were the appointed chief to various ethnic communities in Malaysia. A well-known Kapitan of the 19th century is Kapitan Yap Ah Loy, who is recognized for his effort in developing Kuala Lumpur into a commercial and mining centre.
Cheng Hoon Teng’s unique architecture was the product of skilled Chinese migrant builders and craftsmen in the 17th century from China’s southern province, where they are mainly from the Fujian and Guandong province. Today, the temple is the heart of several religious related events such as the Chinese New Year, Wesak Day, birthdays of several deities of the three doctrinal systems of Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism; many traditional Chinese rituals are conducted by the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple with monks and nuns attending to the needs of the religious devotees.
The magnificent detailing throughout the 4600M2 Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is well preserved until today, thus, in 2002, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple was awarded a UNESCO award for outstanding architectural restoration and heritage conservation.
The Xiang Lin Shi Temple is situated directly opposite the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, put together; they emerge as the hub for the Buddhist community in Melaka.
- Location / Region Malacca
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