Han Jiang Ancestral Temple

Attraction Chulia Street, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016

1 hour
08:00 AM - 09:00 PM
09:00 AM
09:30 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Kids
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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Han Jiang Teochew Temple is a Chinese temple George Town. It is recognized as Asia-Pacific Heritage Awardis and is the community temple of the Penang Teochew Association.

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Why Han Jiang Ancestral Temple is special ?

The Han Jiang Ancestral Temple was constructed in 1870 by the Penang Teochew Association. The Teochew, immigrants from Chaozhou in Guangdong province, are one of the six main Chinese dialect groups in Malaysia

Han Jiang Ancestral Temple is the only Teochew-style temple in Georgetown. Awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation in 2006, it is run by the Penang Teochew Association. The temple is dedicated to the Taoist God of the North, a Teochew patron deity.



The temple serves as the heart of Teochew culture in Penang. Recently, a project, funded by the local Teochew community, was undertaken to restore the Han Jiang Ancestral Temple. Traditional craftsmen IMPORTED FROM CHINA carried out the brunt of the restoration works.


What to explore at Han Jiang Ancestral Temple?

The inner temple is reached through three doors (a typical Teochew design); the colourful and elaborate Yu Gate on the roof, an archway with a dragon statue, is just one of the many intricate sculptures in the temple.
Though the exterior façade of Han Jiang Ancestral Temple is plain, the interior is ornately decorated: check out the detailed outline of the temple’s restoration on the main walls inside the temple.
Following Confucian tradition, the inner temple of Han Jiang Ancestral Temple houses ancestral tablets of deceased Teochews. The beautiful Hall of Respect and the elaborate Fraternity signboard are just a few attractions within this temple that merit closer inspection.
In addition to its efforts in physically revitalising Teochew architecture through the restoration of Han Jiang Ancestral Temple, the Penang Teochew Association has been working side-by-side with Han Jiang Ancestral Temple to conserve Teochew heritage, namely by reviving Teochew opera, food and cultural activities.

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A sophisticated lighting scheme employing fibre optics now showcases the splendid decorative details of the building. By revitalizing cultural and educational programmes, the project has succeeded in reviving the temple's religious and social functions, allowing it to serve once again as the heart of the Teochew community. Finally the Han Jiang Ancestral Temple was completed and open to the public in March 2005.

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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
141.13 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
22 places

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Chulia Street, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • Bring some small change for the donation box if you’re so inclined.
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  • The temple is located off Chulia Street bordering Little India, so you will most likely pass it when walking from your hotel to Little India.
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As we entered we were filled by a peaceful contrast to the busy streets and scorching sun outside. When we entered we were the only ones inside except the guard. No entrance fee. You'll be able to walk around on your own to look at all the arts and symbols that make out this temple. Information is available also in english on the posters on the wall.

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Another beautiful chinese temple that is well worth exploring. It has a great atmosphere and there is no entrance fee.

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Stepping in from the street we Immediately felt the quiet peace of this temple. The gates seem to separate the modern world from this peaceful sanctuary. Free from those horrible crowds at Khoo Kongsi, the Han Jiang Ancestral Temple is much less in terms of bright lights & infamy but much more in terms of spirituality & reflection. Just like in any kung-fu movie, an old Chinese man with no English is the lone watcher leaving you alone to wander in peace. Women of all sizes, faiths & clothing are welcome, even the indecent ones. There are information signs towards the alter in English with insights into Teochew culture, Taoist spirituality & the restoration project, even better, its free to enter. Originally known as the Teochew Kongsi in 1870 it changed its name to the Han Jiang Ancestral Temple in 1930. It features an alter to the Teochew patron deity, the Taoist god of the North, Xuan Wu, also known as the Dark Warrior. The alter is also surrounded by gold ancestral tablets, in fact the entire layout of the temple is structured & neat, there is little clutter. The temple features 3 pairs of doors in high quality wood finishing which ozzes culture. In 2004 a community of local Teochew commissioned a major restoration project to restore the temple to its former glory sourcing craftsman from China. Every cent was worth the effort as the full glory of Teochew culture is on display in this beautiful

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