Kong Hock Keong Temple

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Kong Hock Keong Temple.
Altar in Kong Hock Keong Temple.

Kong Hock Keong Temple (廣福宮) also Kuan Ying Teng Temple (觀音寺) is a Taoist and Buddhist temple in Georgetown, Penang built in 1800[1][2] by early Chinese settlers of the Hokkien and Cantonese communities.[3] It is located in north-west Malaysia. It is dedicated to the worship of Guanyin. It is located on Jalan Kapitan Keling.

Protected From Destruction[edit]

The temple has come through threats, unscathed, time and again. Not only did it survive a bomb dropped by the Japanese invasion of the Second World War,[2] but also other threats through the years, including the fire of 1846,[4] the terrorist granade attack on the Penang power sub-stations at Pitt Lane and the Chinese Town Hall next door to the temple,[5] and the middle-of-the-night blaze that destroyed the nearby stalls selling oil and joss paper.[6]


  1. ^ Franke, Wolfgang, and Tiefan Chen. Chinese Epigraphic Materials in Malaysia. Vol. II (2). Kuala Lumpur: U of Malaysia, 1985: 526. Print.
  2. ^ a b DeBernardi, Jean Elizabeth. The Way That Lives in the Heart: Chinese Popular Religion and Spirit Mediums in Penang, Malaysia. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 2006: 17. Print.
  3. ^ http://www.tourism.gov.my/en/es/places/states-of-malaysia/penang/kuan-yin-temple-goddess-of-mercy-temple?page=3
  4. ^ "Penang. The Fire." The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1835-1869) 12 Feb. 1846: 2. Print.
  5. ^ "Bomb Attack on Penang Power." The Straits Times 3 Jan. 1950: 1. Print.
  6. ^ "Midnight fire guts stalls." The Straits Times 1 Nov. 1964: 3. Print

External links[edit]

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