Religious Sites in George Town

Religious Sites in George Town, Malaysia

Religious Sites in George Town

  • Traveller favourites
    Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.
  • Traveller ranking
    Highest rated attractions on Tripadvisor, based on traveller reviews.
Types of Attractions
Sights & Landmarks
Sights & Landmarks
Traveller rating
Good for
28 places sorted by traveller favourites
Things to do ranked using Tripadvisor data including reviews, ratings, photos, and popularity.

What travellers are saying

  • Terry
    Singapore, Singapore14 contributions
    We found this site more interesting than the other temples we visited. Technically a mass burial site, it was great history and some interesting architecture.
    Written 1 December 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Pedroo
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia16 contributions
    very big temple with all glittering gold cover... quite different with Thai temple... cannot find such big & nice burmese temple out of Myanmar... You should drop by on the way from George Town to Batu Ferringhi. ..
    Written 9 June 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23,201 contributions
    Regularly during my stay in George Town I used to pass by this mosque, right in the center of the old town. There is a big lawn around it and the building is in the typical Indo-Saracenic or Moorish style, so popular during the days of the British Empire in this part of the world. There are domes and arches and a minaret standing separately.

    The mosque is the largest in town, but also the oldest, going back to the times of Sir George Leith, the Lieutenant-Governor of Penang. At the beginning of the 19th century he granted to the leader of the 'Chulia's', as the Muslim Tamils immigrants here were known, the land to build a mosque. Not far from the mosque is Lebuh Chulia, one of the most famous street of George Town. The name is derived from the once famous Chola Empire in southern India, who had expanded all the way to Indonesia.

    'Kapitan' was in early British times the title for a leader of an Ethnic community. 'Keling' is a Malay name for Indians, referrring to the historical Kalinga Empire in central East India. Once it had been a neutral word, today it is considered derogatory. The Kapitan Keling mosque, the way we see it now, is mainly the result of an enlargement in the 1930's. It is open to non-Muslims, except at prayer time, and tours are offered.
    Written 1 October 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • DaudRay
    Penang Island, Malaysia156 contributions
    This is a very interesting place to see traditional Chinese religion being enthusiastically practiced by both young and old, traditional as well as modern looking Chinese people. They no longer allow burning jos sticks into the temple, which limits the photographic opportunities. But it's still interesting to see.
    Written 31 December 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Explorer
    Klang, Malaysia81 contributions
    A place that everyone should go. every step is worth the climb. The new temple is amazing. you will be wondering how they manage to build that is such a location. It's a miracle. Very calm and peaceful. A good place to meditate.
    watch out for monkeys. Avoid bringing food and you may be attacked
    Written 4 March 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Shuddho G
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India837 contributions
    This is one of the must visit places while in Penang.Not only is it pretty well maintained and is a pleasant sight in itself but also tells you the colonial history of the place.
    Written 30 September 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Harrison F. Carter
    Cologne, Germany10,426 contributions
    Little India is a lovely area to wander around... the temple was good to see from the outside, but we had missed the opportunity to go in.
    Written 15 August 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Harrison F. Carter
    Cologne, Germany10,426 contributions
    Only across the street from neighbouring temple, but was unfortunately closed - only open at the weekend apparently... but can still see some nice elements of it.
    Written 15 August 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • dan2963eve
    George Town, Malaysia396 contributions
    This is a unique temple with three pairs of doors. The central main door features beautifully drawn gold door gods. Inside is a huge courtyard featuring a floor of unpolished granite slabs. It underwent a renovation in January 2020 and opens again in February 2020 for visitors.
    Written 21 February 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Harrison F. Carter
    Cologne, Germany10,426 contributions
    On a road parallel to Chulia - much quieter and nicer to walk along - stopped to see the temple several times, both day and night. Lovely to see...
    Written 15 August 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23,201 contributions
    On Lebuh Farquhar, not far from the coast and the Anglican St.George's Church is the Catholic Church of the Assumption. From 1955 until 2003 it was a cathedral, but then the bishop's seat was moved to the new Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, far away from old George Town.

    It is a building from 1860, replacing the church that had been constructed in 1786 , the year Captain Francis Light founded George Town. I happened to pass here on a full moon night with the front and the two square bell towers being illuminated and it was quite an impressive sight.
    Written 28 September 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • santo t
    Auckland, New Zealand7,589 contributions
    Stunning views as reflected on the water in the night, a hidden gem surrounded by dense houses at busy famous place Weld Quay. You need to walk along several small alleys between houses to find this temple, but it is worth to try. From a distance of close up, just beautiful. You can take a picturesque shot of the temple in the foregound and the 13.5 km long Penang Bridge on the background horizon, fantastic, or the view to the mainland at Butterworth. A tranquil place next to the water if you want to take a break for a while, while visiting the very busy crowded place nearby at Weld Quay.
    Written 12 October 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Harrison F. Carter
    Cologne, Germany10,426 contributions
    Set in a lovely part of the town, there is a lot to see in only a small area, so it is well worth creating your own walking tour...
    Written 15 August 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Nomadman411978
    London, UK3,169 contributions
    This grand temple is unusual as it is built on two stories. It was constructed in the 1850s and is dedicated to Twa Peh Kong, the God of prosperity and morality and was built to serve the Hokkien community.
    Written 28 June 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland23,201 contributions
    In the corner of Armenian and Cannon street one will encounter a European style building with Greek columns in front and a façade painted in olive green, on which is written in English: 'Yap Temple'. This though is the kongsi (clan house) of the Yap clan (not open to the public), while the Chinese temple for worshipping - as usual - the ancestors and the god of prosperity is attached to it next door with a smaller shrine in front on the sidewalk, all with green rounded tiles on the roof.

    The not very big Taoist temple has all the classical features with upturned eaves at the corners and sculptures of dragons on top. Most impressive are the two carved pillars in front. As is written at the front the building dates from 1924.
    Written 12 October 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about George Town