Kuan Yin Temple or better known to Penangites as Kuan Yin Teng, is located atJalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang. It is nearby Little India and is a prominent tourist attraction. The temple was established in 1800 by early settlers to the island, it was the Hokkien and Cantonese communities who helped set up Kuan Yin Temple.
The temple was built to worship the Goddess of Mercy, better known as Kuan Yin to the locals. There are other deities being worshiped in the temple as well and is a popular place for prayers. The courtyard is often filled with pigeons, which gather for food and also serves as a nice foreground to the fascinating architecture. Tourists are often seen taking photos of the fascinating architecture of the temple’s front view.
Within the temple, you can see amazing craftsmanship on the pillars, with etchings of Chinese elements as well as the famous Chinese Dragon. The temple used to allow burning of joss sticks indoors but has since restricted joss sticks to be burned only outdoors in recent years.
During festive seasons such as Chinese New Year or the celebration of the Birth of Goddess of Mercy, you will be able to see flocks of locals and tourists praying for good health, and wealth at the temple. A must visit if you happen to be visit Penang.