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Street of Harmony

Trip at a Glance

  • Locations

    George Town, Malaysia

  • Activities

    Religious Tour, Sightseeing

  • Price
    $50 USD per trip
  • Duration

    3 hours

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    As arranged

  • Starting Location

    Hotel lobby

  • Price Includes

    English Speaking tourist guide, Transportation, Entrance Ticket, Water bottle

  • Notes

    Please wear comfortable walking shoes, clothing for tropical climate. No revealing clothes, low cut neck shirt, no shorts, shorts skirts as a mark of respect when visiting mosque and Hindu temple.

Highlights

  • The first Eurasian community of Portuguese descent came to Penang with Captain Francis Light the founder of George Town in 1786 to escape religious persecution by the Burmese from Phuket on the eve of assumption built a timber church named Church of Assumption around Church Street. The present is from 1860, is the oldest Catholic church on the island located at Farquhar Street.
  • Completed in 1819, St. George's Church is the oldest Anglican church in South East Asia. The church was designed in the Georgian Palladian style by Captain Robert Smith of Madras Engineers who is also an artist whose oil painting of early Penang landscape still grace the wall of Penang State Museum nearby. In front of it is the Greek temple style memorial of Captain Light erected in 1886.
  • Another Penang best known landmark is the Goddess of Mercy Temple or Kuan Imm (goddess of mercy) dating back to 1800 is the oldest Chinese temple on the island. Built facing the sea, originally for worshiping Ma chor, the patron saint of sea farer. Both are virgin goddess. For the first twenty years they prayed to Mar cho for proctection from raging sea on their journey to Penang.
  • This Hindu shrine is dedicated to Ganesha, the elephant-headed god. He is the Lord of success and the remover of evil and obstacle. That is why the Hindus would pray to him first before praying to any other deities early in the morning.. He is also worshipped for education. A cross-cultural worshipped between Hindus and Chinese is part of intangible heritage that has begun over two decades ago.
  • Sri Mahamariamman Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Penang, built in traditional South Indian Dravidian style in 1833. It has a colourful Gopuram (tower) features 38 statues, including the patron goddess Mariamman, one of the incarnation of Parvathi the consort of Shiva, god of destruction. The temple is the centre of worship among Hindus.

Guide

Trip Info

Part of what makes Penang unique is its mixture of cultures and faiths located along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, also known as the ‘Street of Harmony’, draws together the town’s four main religions represented by existence over 200 years of a mosque, a Chinese & Hindu temple a church all within a stone throw of each other but never a stone throw at each other. It’s simply amazing place to visit. Enjoy this religious tour with a professional, local guide.

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