Goddess of Mercy Temple

Local nameGoddess of Mercy Temple
LocationButterworth, Malaysia

The Goddess of Mercy Temple is a Chinese temple in the city of George Town in Penang, Malaysia. Situated at Pitt Street, it was first built in 1728, making it Penang's oldest Taoist temple.The temple is dedicated to the Taoist Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin. However, the temple had been originally established for the worship of Mazu, a sea deity. Following an influx of ethnic Chinese into George Town after the founding of the settlement in 1786, the temple transitioned into one dedicated to Guan Yin in 1824; by then, it also began to function as a neutral mediator between the rival Cantonese and Hokkien communities.While the temple's more secular functions have since been passed on to the Penang Chinese Town Hall, it retains its religious significance and remains popular amongst Penangites of Chinese descent. It becomes a focal point for Chinese festivities such as the annual feast days for Guan Yin and the Jade Emperor's Birthday, attracting devotees from across Southeast Asia.

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Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goddess_of_Mercy_Temple

Coordinates 5°25'7.405" N 100°20'18.635" E

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