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Thean Hou Temple

Around 1895, the Hainanese community in Penang established a temple and dedicated it to the Sea Goddess, Mazu. The original temple was built in 1870 at Lebuh Gereja, before it moved to its current location on Lebuh Muntri. The construction for the new temples was sponsored through public donations. It also functioned as a community association and is sometimes also referred to as the Hainan Clan Association. Craftsmen were brought in from China for restoration work in the 1990s. 

Thean Hou Temple

Around 1895, the Hainanese community in Penang established a temple and dedicated it to the Sea Goddess, Mazu. The original temple was built in 1870 at Lebuh Gereja, before it moved to its current location on Lebuh Muntri. The construction for the new temples was sponsored through public donations. It also functioned as a community association and is sometimes also referred to as the Hainan Clan Association. Craftsmen were brought in from China for restoration work in the 1990s. 

comments (17)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 13 Nov 2017, 00:49
C'est magnifique ! Le soir, illuminé, ce doit être encore plus beau.
Ayush Basu: Most of the times that I have walked across this temple, Martine, I found it closed, but elegantly beautiful still.
I love the colors - so many of these temples are just dripping in gold - which is exquisite - but I prefer this I think.
Ayush Basu: I think I agree with your assessment, Elizabeth.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Nov 2017, 04:24
It is a wonderful thing, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I think it is still very much relevant, Ray.
  • Chris
  • No Nowhere
  • 13 Nov 2017, 06:27
It is amazingly ornate
Ayush Basu: I agree to that, Chris.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 13 Nov 2017, 06:52
What a fantastic and elaborate design Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Most Chinese temples manage to make me stop in my tracks, Chad.
The intricacies of these temples continue to amaze me, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: You can say that again, Ginnie!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Nov 2017, 07:32
This is wonderful and by the lights hanging I assume this is lit up like a candle at night too.
Ayush Basu: Interestingly, I have never seen the lights in operation, Astrid.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 13 Nov 2017, 08:03
The detail must take years to study, Ayush
Ayush Basu: I would hate to think about restoration times, Lisl!
A wonderfully extrovert structure Ayush
Ayush Basu: Your use of the word "extrovert" is apt here, Bill.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 13 Nov 2017, 09:00
i simply adore the colours!! the colours of the sea smile
Ayush Basu: How about that now, Elaine! I agree.
The columns are amazing in themselves.
Ayush Basu: I agree with that, Mary.
Its very ornate, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I am pleased to have captured it, Frank - thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 13 Nov 2017, 12:26
Very ornate with the gargoyles on top of the entrance arch.
Ayush Basu: I do not suppose they spout out rain water, it would defeat the purpose, Larry. But yes, they are very ornate and show the symbol of defence and strength.
If the interior is as impressive as the entrance gate then it must be a lovely building.
Ayush Basu: It is certainly quite impressive, Brian. I do have some shots of the interiors too.
It's on a nicely human scale.
Ayush Basu: You should see the interiors then, Larry.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Nov 2017, 23:07
It has a lovely symmetry about it.
Ayush Basu: Yes, these gates appeal to me highly from that point of view, CP.
Have you been to the one in KL?
Ayush Basu: Nope, LC.

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