The Cheng Hoong Teng Temple, Malacca (25, Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia) is to the North of the Malacca River. It is right beside Jonker Street and a five-minute walk from the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum. The temple is built in 1645 and has been restored over the years by the Chinese Kapitans. It is the oldest Chinese temple in Malaysia. The building, its’ architect as well as the deities are influenced by Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism.
The temple is built based on the principals of Feng Shui, where every aspect of life is closely related to attain harmony with nature. Its roof slopes at high angles with steeper incline with its flag mast at a great height. The main entrance is an archway and opens into a courtyard past the entrance which separates into various praying halls dedicated to different deities. The temple is filled with elaborate designs. You will be able to see sculptures of phoenixes, dragons and tigers etched throughout the temple.
In 2002, restoration efforts allowed the temple to win the UNESCO Merit Award for Restoration in Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Awards. Do visit the temple for its traditional and exquisite architect as well make offerings and prayers.
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