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Chen Hoon Teng Temple in Malacca

Whenever Im asked where to go near Kuala Lumpur, I always recommend Malacca. This place has everything for almost every kind of traveler. From historical and religious sites to best tasting Nyonya food, Malacca is definitely one of the best places to visit in Malaysia.

Temple in Malacca
Chen Hoon Teng Temple in Malacca

After having a huge bowl of my favorite Laksa in one of the best Laksa place in Malacca, I walked aimlessly around the Cobblestone covered streets till I found this beautiful temple called Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.

Chinese Temple Altar
Chinese Temple Altar

The Cheng Hoon Teng temple is Malaysia’s Oldest Chinese temple practicing the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism. “Cheng Hoon Teng” literally means “Temple of Clear Clouds” in Chinese.

Chinese Worshipers
Tourists and Worshipers

Built in 1646, this Chinese Temple remains a place of worship for the local Buddhist community in Malacca.

Inside the Temple Compound
Inside the Temple Compound

Im a huge fan of old buildings and I was truly impressed when I learned that some of the building material which came from China are still intact and some beautiful wood carvings and other parts of the are continuously being restored.

Statues at Cheng Hoon Teng temple roof
Statues at Cheng Hoon Teng temple roof

Inside the temple, expect intricate woodcarvings, curved roof ridge, beautiful panels and lacquer works from China. In 2003, the temple was cited by UNESCO for its outstanding architectural restoration.

Temple Entrance
Temple Entrance

Situated along Harmony Street in Malacca, this temple is one of the three temples located in the same street. The street was named Harmony street because of the three major temples representing three different religions. The other two temples are Kampung Kling Mosque (Islam) and Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple (Hindu).

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Inc.
25 Jalan Tokong
75200 Malacca
GPS Coordinate: N 2.197558, E 102.246881
Tel: +60 6 282 9343
FaxL +60 6 286 1889

Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

How to get there

From Jonker Street, find you way to Jalan Tokong. The Cheng Hoon Teng temple is on the left side of Jalan Tokong.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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