The true essence of Malaysia is the country’s multicultural and multiracial factor, in the modern era of social media; the assimilation of cultures is as prominent as ever. To visit a place is to gain an understanding of its history and what exactly makes it special. To visit Malaysia is to learn the true meaning of integration and love.
So what better place to visit to experience what Malaysia really is about than Jalan Harmoni in Melaka also known as Jalan Tukang Besi, Jalan Tukang Emas, and Jalan Tokong. To summarise, it’s basically a long curved street that includes the religious houses of all the main ethnicities in Malaysia. Read about these precious devout places below.
Kampung Kling Mosque
This mosque was built in 1784 in consequence of the remnants of an Indian Muslim village that was once a vibrant place but unfortunately was wrecked with the effects of colonialism and war. In the 18th century, Klings was a term for Indian Muslims and that is where the name is derived from representing their journey from South India. The term is now an offensive slur but with understanding, one should look over past mistakes to the wonder it is now. Covered by a stong wall, it resembles a Chinese pagoda but is a beautifully built mosque with a powerful religious history.
Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple
This temple was built in honour of the Hindu god, Vinayagar also known as the Hindu god Ganesha who is a staple deity for many Indian families in Malaysia. Ganesha is a god known for guiding one through the challenges and obstacles of life. He is believed to implement karma in his ways, such as rewarding you when you do good and punishing you when you do bad. Legends say praying to him and asking for his guidance will give you the strength and confidence to face your life and make the best of it.
Cheng Hoon Teng Temple
A temple for Bushism, Taoism, and Confucianism, the structure of this place is a marvel in itself. Among the other religious institutions here, it is definitely the most eye-catching. It screams richness in the way it is decorated and designed so you definitely want to take pictures. Here they are, monks, who will interact with you and share their wisdom. The Cheng Hoon Teng Temple practices the Three Doctrinal Systems of Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism and is a time capsule that has endured years and years of challenges so be prepared to be inspired.
Xiang Lin Si Temple
This amazon temple is right opposite the previous one above. Just a short walk away, it’s normally quiet without the crowd that is in all the other places we’ve learned about. Locals come here to pray and perform religious practices. There are an amazing amount of Buddha statues all over the place, all with a story of their own for you to explore. There is a huge statue in the middle of this temple that will take your breath away. So make sure to stay in the present when you are here so that you can truly experience that magnificent positive energy here.
Lastly, while you are in Melaka make sure to experience this beautiful dutch state for all it’s worth. That includes stopping by the famous A’ Famosa which we have packages for you to make the most of it. On top of that check out our promotion for the Melaka River Cruise which will let you see all it has to offer as well as our packages for Zoo Melaka, a place where you can spend a whole day having as much fun as possible.
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