Kwan Im Temple is at the end of Jonker Street near the intersection with Tokong Street and is worth a quick visit. I was surprised that this beautiful little temple is not mentioned in my guidebook or tourist map.
Xiang Lin Si or Siang Lin Shi Temple has very few visitors and you will only find nuns living there and females working there. It is located towards the end of Tokong Street just before it intersects with Jonker Street. There is a strange sign at the door asking you not to remove your shoes when entering, but i did, as i had got used to doing so. It is a very simple two floored temple which is Buddhist with very few decorations. One has to be quiet when they visit this particular temple and it was silent except for the twang of some strings of a musical instrument that a nun was teaching a lady how to play.
As you enter the temple there is a rather strange statue of Maytreiya Buddha, the laughing Buddha, but once you enter the main hall you will see the Goddess Kuanyin and four other deities in the center at the back. On the ground floor you will notice two rows of statues which are the 18 arhats, or disciples. on the same floor and upper floor there are many statues of Buddhas.
The temple was constructed as a wooden building in 1958 but rebuilt in concrete in 1985 and is one of the largest buildings in Tokong Street
Address: TOKONG STREET
There is not much written about San Duo Temple in the tourist literature or my guidebook and often people don't even know it is there. You will find this temple in Jalan Tokong before you reach the Hindu, Mosque or Chinese places of worship. The temple is over 200 years old and was constructed in 1795 but it was called Qing Long Hui Temple until it was expanded and renamed in 1857. Many of the incense burners and pots came from the 19th century Manchu Dynasty.
Address: JALAN TOKONG
Opposite Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is a traditional Chinese Opera House which stands in a large compound. This is only open once a year according to someone i was talking with but it must be nice to see a performance here if you are lucky enough to be in Melaka at the time. the opera house belongs to the temple.
Address: TOKONG STREET
While at Cheng Hoon Teng Temple i watched one Chinese lady perform her prayers and wishes in front of the altar where the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin was situated. I alter asked one of the temple workers what she was doing so now i will explain it the best i remember.
The lady had come here for the goddess to help her with her problem. From the desk just inside the temple she got some fortune sticks which look like chopsticks, and also two Jiaobei blocks. Jiaobei blocks are made of wood or bamboo and are flat on one side and round on the other, looking like the symbols for yin and yang. Before she used them she rotated them around a burning incense stick three times, the she knelt down and said her name, date of birth, residence, and question while cupping the blocks between her hands in prayer. Also she shook the container that held the fortune sticks until one dropped out. Each fortune stick has an answer on it, but if more than one fortune stick falls out she has to repeat the process. Anyway getting back to the jiaobei blocks, after praying she throws them on the ground and carefully examines them to see if her prayers have been answered.
The blocks can lay in four different ways
1 shengjiao --one block flat and another round. This means that the answer to her prayer is a definite YES
2 nujiao or kujiao--- where both blocks are round which is a "NO" answer and the gods are displeased.
3 xiaojiao --- both blocks are flat , which can mean a "no" answer or the gods are laughing as she already knows the answer, symbolised by the blocks swaying back and forth.
4 lijiao --- where one block still stands and this means that the gods don't understand and the process has to be repeated.
The lady i was watching repeated the process many times, so she must have had a huge problem and was waiting for the gods to give her the answer she needed. Between dropping the blocks and the fortune sticks she was praying hard, and was still doing this when i departed the temple. Let us hope that her problem was solved by the gods.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is the most impressive temple in Melaka and you must make a special point of visiting it. In fact it is supposed to be the finest Chinese temple in the whole of the country and we certainly enjoyed our visit. Just inside the temple doors there is a counter on the left where the Chinese lady answered my questions and explained some aspects regarding their religion. Once it was restored UNESCO gave the temple an award for outstanding architectural restoration.
The temple was founded in the 1600's by Kapitan Tay Hong Yong, an appointed chief of the ethnic community. In the early years the temple also functioned as a court and administrative center for the various Kapitans. In 1801 part of the temple was rebuilt and expended with contributions from the Kapitans. The Kapitan system was a Portuguese/Dutch idea which was abandoned by the British in 1824 and the responsibilities of the Kapitans fell to the leader of the temple known as "teng choo". A board of trustees now looks after the temple.
The temple covers 4,600 square meters and you cannot fail to pass by without noticing it as it has a magnificent main gate. Entrance is free, and once inside there are several prayer halls and a main one which is dedicated to Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Other halls are dedicated to Buddhist gods and also houses ancestral tablets. By the left wing of the main prayer hall is a 7 meter high red flagpole that contains the remains of two Kapitans who contributed to the construction of the temple.
Address: 25 JALAN TOKONG
The Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple is the oldest Hindu Temple in the country and still functions today. The Chitty community (a group of Hindus in Malaysia and Singapore called Peranakans from Tamil) were given the land by the Dutch Government where the temple was built in 1781. The temple is simpler than most Hindu temples as it only has one row of Hindu gods whereas other temples have three rows. Several festivals are held here each year so you should find out if one is happening there during your visit. As usual one has to remove one's shoes before entering the temple. There are several Hindu gods in the alcoves and i believe i am correct in saying that the most important one here was Ganesh which you will find in a small enclave towards the rear of the temple. The altars flanking are dedicated to Ganesh's father, mother and younger brother. The Hindus inside the temple were busy worshiping and did not mind visitors wandering around or taking photographs. Entrance is free.
Address: Jalan Tokong,
At the foot of Bukit Cina (China Hill) you will find Poh San Teng Chinese Temple that is dedicated to Tua Pek Kong, built around 1795 by Captain Tsai Shih Chang. Most people come here to see Hang Li Poh's Well which is the oldest water well in Malaysia (sometimes known as the Kng's Well). The followers of Hang Li Poh built the well in 1459 to provide water for the town, but the Portuguese took hold of the well after their invasion in 1511. In 1677 when the Dutch took possession of Melaka they built a stone wall around it to protect the well. The well was neglected when the British occupied Melaka and it has never been used since then.
Address: Jalan Puteri Hang Li Poh
Cheng Hoon Teng was founded in the 1600s by the Chinese during the Portuguese and Dutch eras, In its early years, the Temple served the community's religious needs, and was an administrative center and court.
In 1824, the British abolished the leader of the Temple, now known as "Teng Choo" and a Board of Trustees was formed to look after the temple. The temple still continues to serve the spiritual needs of the Chinese community in Malacca. It is a centre for the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. The religious order of the temple carries out numerous traditional Chinese rites. It ministers to the spiritual needs of devotees, including divination and prayers for the souls of the deceased.
The building conforms strictly to the principles of feng shui, incorporating the fundamental belief that every aspect of life is closely related to attaining perfect harmony with nature. According to granite tablets, the temple was carefully laid out to ensure a view of the river and high ground on either side.
Address: No. 25, Jalan To’kong 75200 Malacca
Phone: (606) 282 9343
Kwan Im Temple is one of the Many ChineseTemples around Melaka and this Taoist Temple is located at the end of Jonker Street (Jalan Hang Jebat) at the intersection with Jalan Tukang Emas. The temple has various taoist deities and is just a small temple.
photography is allowed inside but you must not be noisy
entrance is free and you must remove your shoes before going to the temple inside.
Opens: 7:00 am to 5:30 pm everyday
Address: Jalan Hang Jebat, Jalan Tukang Emas, Melaka
Directions: Jalan Hang Jebat, Jalan Tukang Emas, Melaka, Malaysia
The Sanduo Temple is also on Jalan Tokong. Jalan Tokong means Harmony Street because so many temples from different religions peacefully co-exist here.
The Sanduo Temple entrance is guarded by two very impressive dragons. This temple is around 218 years old. It was built in 1795.
Many utensils in the temple, such as incense burners and plaques date from the Chinese Manchu Dynasty and were placed in the temple in 1891.
Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple is one of the oldest Hindu temples in Malaysia. It was built in 1781 and is dedicated to the Hindu deity Vinayagar. Unfortunately we could only view it from the outside as it was closed. It only opens at prayer times.
Located on Jalan Tokong.
Across the street from Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is the relatively modern Buddhist Temple of Xianglin.
This temple is very peaceful. It occupies two floors. As it is a Buddhist temple you must take your shoes off before entering the tempe building.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple was founded in the 1600s by the Chinese Kapitan Tay Kie Ki. It is Malaysia's oldest traditional Chinese temple. The temple is dedicated to Kuan Yin - goddess of mercy. All building materials used in constructing this temple were imported from China and it was Chinese artisans who carried out the building work. It is a very ornate and attractive temple with lots of beautiful wood carvings. The main temple hall is filled with reds, blacks and golds.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is located at number 25 Jalan Tokong not far from the Kampong Kling Mosque. It is open from 7am to 7pm.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple was founded in 1646 by the Chinese Kapitan Tay Kie Ki. Under the Portuguese and Dutch rule of Melaka, Kapitans were appointed chiefs or headmen as links between the rulers and the various ethnic communities. This system lasted unttil 1824 when the British put an end to it.
Cheng Hoon Teng is the oldest traditional Chinese temple in Malaysia. It is dedicated to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. But whorshippers do also frequently pray to Tianhou, Goddess of seafarers as Melaka is an important sea port.
The temple won an UNESCO award in 2003 for outstanding architectural restoration.
Visiting hours from 7 to 19.
Address: Jalan Tukang Emas.