The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, located at the heart of Malacca Chinatown, is a premier historical monument that has survived the ravages of time. It is the oldest functioning Chinese temple in Malaysia, founded in 1645.
The temple is ranked among the most significant in Southeast Asia, being central to the spiritual aspirations of the Chinese community, yet could not find a place in UNESCO’s list for outstanding architectural restoration.
In Chinese temples what we noticed is, except for a few, people generally do not remove footwear. They offer their prayers by lighting candles and incense sticks. Sometimes the incense sticks can be very big in size. Can you imagine how big ?
OK, before I tell you, I want to know your guesses. 🙂
These are big urns to collect ashes from the incense sticks.
correct way to bow in front of God
I observed, in temples generally there is a flat wooden (with or without a cushion) stool to pay your respects. The stool is big enough to rest your knees and hands on it, then by bending down touch it with your forehead.
The atmosphere is similar to any other temple though. Calm and pious with chanting of hymns.
Notice the shoes are still on.
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