I was planning to write about Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in Melaka – the oldest temple in all of Malaysia. However, it would be a shame to only highlight one temple when this very stretch of road is home to shrines, a Hindu temple, a mosque, and countless Buddhist temples.
Sprinkled on either side of a quiet road that runs parallel to Jonker Street, Harmony Street (as it is nicknamed), is home to places of worship for a number of faiths.
Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam – they are all represented in an unlikely area: Chinatown.
Here is a look at the neighbourhood through some of my favourite photos:
Red incense sticks are offered to a deity.
A red lantern hangs inside the temple grounds.
Incense smoke blows inside a Buddhist temple.
Incense can also be seen burning in front of homes.
Morning light trickles in through the temple doors.
Green dragons wrap themselves around the columns.
Cigarettes are lit as offerings.
A small shrine down one of the side streets.
Little golden Buddhas.
Gold writing on the wall.
Red guardian at the gates.
Another little temple at the end of the street.