Melaka’s Temples and Shrines

I was planning to write about Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in Melaka – the oldest temple in all of Malaysia. However, it would be a shame to only highlight one temple when this very stretch of road is home to shrines, a Hindu temple, a mosque, and countless Buddhist temples.

Sprinkled on either side of a quiet road that runs parallel to Jonker Street, Harmony Street (as it is nicknamed), is home to places of worship for a number of faiths.

Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam – they are all represented in an unlikely area: Chinatown.

Here is a look at the neighbourhood through some of my favourite photos:

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Red incense sticks are offered to a deity.

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 A red lantern hangs inside the temple grounds.

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 Incense smoke blows inside a Buddhist temple.

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Incense can also be seen burning in front of homes.

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Morning light trickles in through the temple doors.

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 Green dragons wrap themselves around the columns.

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Cigarettes are lit as offerings.

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A small shrine down one of the side streets.

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Little golden Buddhas.

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 Gold writing on the wall.

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 Red guardian at the gates.

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 Another little temple at the end of the street.

Have you ever visited a place like Melaka’s Harmony Street where various faiths coexist?

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