Sri Mariamman Temple
This 1870 clanhouse was renovated in 2005 by Chinese artisans and features informative displays on the immigration and culture of the...
Masjid Kapitan Keling
Penang’s first Indian Muslim settlers (East India Company troops) built Masjid Kapitan Keling in 1801. The mosque’s domes are yellow, in...
Kuan Yin Teng
This temple is dedicated to Kuan Yin – the goddess of mercy, good fortune, peace and fertility. Built in the early 19th century by the...
Located in what was formerly a coffee roaster (ask to see the former roasting oven, out back), this sophisticated cafe, with attached...
Very busy restaurant specialising in tandoori chicken and biryani, along with fish and mutton curries. They do a mean masala tea, too.
Jln Masjid Kapitan Keling · interesting places nearby
Sri Mariamman Temple information
Sri Mariamman was built in 1883 and is George Town’s oldest Hindu house of worship. For local south Indians, the temple fulfils the purpose of a Chinese clanhouse; it’s a reminder of the motherland and the community bonds forged within the diaspora. It is a typically south Indian temple, dominated by the gopuram (entrance tower).
Penang’s Thaipusam procession begins here, and in October a wooden chariot takes the temple’s deity for a spin around the neighbourhood during Vijayadasami festivities.
The temple was being renovated when we were in town.