One of the most interesting Chinese temples I visited in Malaysia is the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in Melaka, Malaysia.  It is considered the oldest Chinese temple in all of Malaysia.   Built in the 1600’s, to serve the religious needs of the Chinese community, it still remains a influential place of worship today.  Here you will find a mixture of traditions from Buddism, Taoism, and Confucianism.  The temple is also preserved under the UNESCO world heritage recognition in which Melaka had earned back in 2008.    

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple is just a short stroll from Jonker Walk in the historical core of Melaka.  You cannot miss it, as you will see a tall flag red flag pole in its compound, that also resembles a sail mass on a boat.  The amount of detail that went into preserving this temple is truly remarkable.  Immediately you can see the intricate wood works on the main entrance to the temple and the carefully crafted tiles on the roof of the temple!

The entrance to the temple.  Notice the tall red flag pole / sail mass in the background.

Main entrance to the temple.

Close up of the wood workings in the main entrance.

Another close up view of the intricate wood workings.

View from the court yard looking out to the entrance to the temple compound.

So if you are visiting Melaka, do mark this on your intineary.  Melaka is one of the most charming places to visit, and I think temples like the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple provide a great glimpse of Melaka’s rich historic past. 

Visitor’s Information to Cheng Hoon Teng Temple

Getting there:  No. 25, Jalan To’kong, Malacca.  Just a block north of Jonker walk.

Entrance fee:  FREE

Have you visited some unique temples in Asia?  Please share your experiences in the comments below.  Cheers!

Alec Chan

Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of

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2 Responses to The Oldest Chinese Temple in Malaysia

  1. Janice Tan says:

    I was told by the management of the temple that this temple was built without a single piece of nail. Amazing! An incredible architecture work those days.

    • Alec says:

      Hi Janice;

      Thanks for leaving a comment! Yes it is so incredible back then how with no modern technology they can design and build such remarkable architecture.

      Cheers, Alec

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