|St. George's Anglican Church|
|Major renovation completed in 2011|
St. George's Church, the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia, surely must have made the early British colonists feel quite at home. Completed in 1818, it is the one and only church on Malaysia's official list of 50 National Heritage Treasures and received government money for its recent restoration. Surprisingly, the congregation is mostly local Chinese, not Westerners as I had assumed. They no longer open the many windows that line each side of the building during services, but I can just imagine what a lovely crossbreeze would have come through in the pre-air-conditioning days. The docent here is very well informed if you have a chance to chat with him. Once again, I came off as an idiot by asking if the church bell is real or just a recorded sound.
|Kuan Yin Temple is Penang's oldest Chinese Temple|
Kuan Yin Temple, also known as "Temple of the Goddess of Mercy" as well as "Temple of the Hokkien and Cantonese Communities" (Kong Hock Keong), is hard to miss due to the massive plumes of incense smoke curling away from enormous joss sticks out in front. Construction on this Taoist temple began in 1728. It was built according to feng shui principles and originally dedicated to Ma Chor Po, the patron of the seas. In the mid-1800's the growing Chinese community began to splinter. Instead of everyone being united at the Kuan Yin Temple, each group tried to outdo the others by building the most opulent clan temple in town.
|Small stand selling offerings for Taoist temple on one side of the street. Tiny, yellow Hindu shrine on the other corner.|
|Flower garlands, milk and coconut halves left at the Hindu shrine by both Chinese and Indians.|
|Selling flower garlands for the Hindu temple and shrine on this street.|
|Chinese goods for sale near the flower garland stall|
Eventually, you'll reach Kapitan Keling Mosque, built in 1800, after which the street is named. This was my first time inside a mosque, and our Muslim guide was open to answering the many questions my group asked.
|Kapitan Keling Mosque|
|Rows of prayer rugs line the prayer hall.|
Across the street from the mosque, you'll see the back side of Sri Mahamariamman Temple.
|Sri Mahamariamman Temple - Penang's oldest Hindu temple|
The front of the temple faces Lebuh Queen (Queen Street) in Little India. It started out in 1801 as a simple shrine for the Indian community that was enlarged into a temple in 1833. Alas, we arrived here just after it had closed for an afternoon break between morning and evening prayers. So, we did not have a chance to go inside. I guess it's an excuse for me to head back!
|Many goddesses adorn the facade over the main entrance.|
Ramadan and Penang's Kapitan Keling Mosque
Cue the Bollywood Music: Part 1
Cue the Bollywood Music: Part 2
Strolling down Armenian Street
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