Han Chiang Ancestral Temple

  • Opening Hour

    Daily: 9:00am to 6:00pm

  • Location

    127, Lebuh Chulia, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

  • Admission Fee

    Free

  • Exploration Time

    1 hour

Brief Introduction

Located in Chulia Street,George Town, Penang. Han Jiang Ancestral Temple is the only Teochew-style temple in Georgetown. Awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation in 2006, it is run by the Penang Teochew Association. The temple is dedicated to the Taoist God of the North, a Teochew patron deity.

History

In 1885, due to the rising number of Teochew immigrants from China to Penang, the Teochew Kongsi was formed when six immigrants banded together and bought a house at Lebuh Beach.

In 1869, it moved to its present site at Lebuh Chulia and became the precursor to the Teochew Kongsi; in 1935 its name was changed to the Han Jiang Ancestral Temple.

Feature

Following Confucian tradition, the inner temple of Han Jiang Ancestral Temple houses ancestral tablets of deceased Teochews. The beautiful Hall of Respect and the elaborate Fraternity signboard are just a few attractions within this temple that merit closer inspection. In addition to its efforts in physically revitalising Teochew architecture through the restoration of Han Jiang Ancestral Temple, the Penang Teochew Association has been working side-by-side with Han Jiang Ancestral Temple to conserve Teochew heritage, namely by reviving Teochew opera, food and cultural activities.

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