The Goddess of Mercy Temple, or Kuan Ying Teng Temple in Chinese, also known as Kong Hock Keong temple is located along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling in Penang. Now a prominent tourist attraction in Penang, the temple was established way back in the 1728 by early settlers and is the oldest Taoist temple on the island.
It was the Hokkien and Cantonese community of the time which helped to setup this temple. Originally setup to worship the sea deity, Mazu, today the temple is a place of worship for the Kuan Ying, the Goddess of Mercy.
The temple is adorned with paintings of Taoist deities, Dragon-entwined pillars and dragon figurines on the roofs. The temple is rumored to have magical qualities, as it has miraculously survived attacks since 1728.
The Goddess of Mercy, known as Kuan Ying in Chinese, is worshipped in this temple alongside various other Chinese deities. The temple is fronted by a huge courtyard which is often frequented by flocks of pigeons which feasts on the food given by locals and tourists. The courtyard is also a good spot for photo opportunities with the centuries old temple.
The local Chinese community often flock to the temple to pray for blessings of good health and abundance. Kuan Yin Teng is often crowded during festive seasons such as Chinese New Year and the Birthday of the Goddess of Mercy.
This is a must visit if you’re a tourist traveling to Penang, not only can you explore an ancient temple up-close, you may also pray and be blessed by the Goddess of Mercy at the same time!