Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Acheen Street Mosque - Releasi 222
Acheen Street Mosque,Goddess of Mercy Temple and Sri Mariamman Temple
* Acheen Street Mosque.
Also known as Masjid Melayu, the mosque was built in 1820 on land donated by Syed Sheriff Tengku Syed Hussain Aidid who came from Acheh in Sumatra.
The mosque features a small window halfway up the minaret which is said to have originally been a hole made by cannonball fired during the 1867 triad riots. Visitors must dress appropriately (no shoes or bare shoulders) and remove their shoes before entering. Permission to enter must be obtained from mosque officials.
Opening hours 9.00am – 5.30pm. Admission is free.
* Goddess of Marcy Temple.
One of the oldest Chinese temple in Penang the “Kuan Yin Teng” or the Goddess of Mercy Temple was built in 1800 by early immigrant settlers from China. The building is donated with intricately crafted dragons and sculptured stone lions which are said to be its guardians.
Devotees flock to the temple all year round especially during the three anniversaries of Kuan Yin which are on the 19th day of the second sixth and ninth lunar months.
Opening hours 9.00am – 6.00pm. Admission is free.
* Sri Mariamman Temple
Built in 1883, this Hindu temple features fascinating sculptures of gods and goddesses at its main entrance and façade. Housed within its ornately decorated interior is the priceless statue of Lord Subramaniam embellished with gold, silver, diamonds and emeralds.
The statue figures prominently in the annual Thaipusam festival when it is borne on a silver chariot through the city streets to the temple at Jalan Waterfall. Permission to enter must be obtained from temple officials.
Opening hours 8.00am – 12.00noon and 4.00pm -9.00pm. Andmission is free.