Chinese Culture at the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
Built in the 1600s and still standing after Portuguese, Dutch, British and now Malaysian rule, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple in Melaka is one of the oldest and finest examples of a traditional Chinese place of worship. The rooftop is colorful and ornate, featuring images of animals and fantastical creatures like dragons, while the inside is mostly red, black, and gold. The temple draws members of the city's still thriving Chinese community daily, but especially on Ching Ming (or "Tomb Sweeping Day") when hundreds, maybe thousands, of people offer foods, drinks, gifts, and paper and cardboard material possessions to their dead ancestors to pay respect and attempt to gain favor before they reach the afterlife.
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
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25, Jalan Tokong, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
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