Melaka’s Temples and Shrines: A Photo Essay From Malaysia!

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:

Melaka’s Temples and Shrines: A Photo Essay From Malaysia!

Red incense sticks are offered to a deity.

Cheng Hoon Teng Temple of Melaka, Malaysia with Colorful Red Lanterns

 A red lantern hangs inside the temple grounds.

Burning incense in Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia

 Incense smoke blows inside a Buddhist temple.

Chinatown scenes from Melaka, Malaysia

Incense can also be seen burning in front of homes.

Temple views from Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia

Morning light trickles in through the temple doors.

Temple Harmony Street views in Melaka

 Green dragons wrap themselves around the columns.

Cigarette offerings in a Buddhist temple in Malaysia

Cigarettes are lit as offerings.

Shrine in Melaka, Malaysia

A small shrine down one of the side streets.

Small golden Buddhas on display in a temple in Malaysia

Little golden Buddhas.

Chinese characters written in gold

 Gold writing on the wall.

Deity sculpture in Melaka (Malacca), Malaysia

 Red guardian at the gates.

Temple Harmony Street views in Melaka, Malaysia from the front gates

 Another little temple at the end of the street.

Have you ever visited a place like Melaka’s Harmony Street where various faiths coexist?