Panorama of the Week: Chinese Temple in Penang, Malaysia

With Chinese New Year coming later this week, we figured a panorama taken from inside Khoo Kongsi Temple, one of the grandest Chinese clan temples in Penang (and all of Malaysia for that matter), would be a good way to kick off the new year.

“Chinese temples in Malaysia?” you ask. Yes, Malaysia sports a fascinating history of immigration, including its ethnic Chinese population, whose numbers are second only to that of the country’s ethnic native Malays.

So with this image and nugget of trivia, we wish you a very happy year of the rabbit, a sign known for peace and harmony. Heaven knows we could all use a little more of this in the world…and our lives.

360-Degree Panorama: Inside the Khoo Kongsi Temple in Penang, Malaysia

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  1. says

    Happy Chinese New Year or Gong Xi Fa Cai! Lovely panarama!

    We’re happy to be in Penang for this winter & Chinese New Year and my 83 year old mom is with us so makes it extra special ( also because our 10 year old is in an all Mandarin school here as the only Caucasian kid, so another way to experience the Chinese culture here).

    Are you in Penang now or headed back this way again?

  2. says

    @soultravelers: Happy Chinese New Year to you and your family as well! Must be quite nice having your mother with you this year. We actually took this panorama the last time we were in Penang in 2008. Just bringing it out for the New Year :)

    We will be headed to Kuala Lumpur, but not sure about whether we’ll be stopping off in Penang.

  3. says

    I have only seen a few temples in Hong Kong while I was waiting for my connecting flight, but that was nothing like this one. Looks amazing! And Happy Chinese New Year :)

  4. says

    @Tijmen: I haven’t been yet to Hong Kong, so I have no idea how the temples compare. What I really enjoyed about this temple was the detail in the paintings on the wall and the intricate artwork everywhere. Happy Chinese New Year to you as well!

    @Dave: Glad you enjoyed this! And yes, the detail inside was impressive.

  5. says

    @Prime: Yes, it’s a lovely temple. If you open up the panorama above, you’ll be inside to enjoy it all over again!

    @Andi: Happy Chinese New Year to you as well! It’s going to be an exciting year for you!

  6. says

    Nice! I’ve only been to Penang once when I was a kid and I do remember visiting a lot of Chinese temples especially the one that housed snakes in it but I forgot the name since it’s been so long for me. Thanks for the lovely panorama. Brings back good memories! :)

  7. says

    Good panorama pic. I guess you guys went earling in the morning because the temple is empty (with the exception of what looks like a security guard).

  8. says

    @Michelle: Glad this panorama brought back good memories from your visit as a kid! We didn’t make it to the temple with all the snakes – will have to check it out next time we visit.

    @Ruth: Thanks! Our visit was actually in the afternoon (3 PM), so we had to wait about 20 minutes for a break between visitors to photograph it quickly. If there are lots of moving people around the panoramas become more difficult to stitch and have more “ghosts.” Fortunately, the security guard was friendly and closed the door for us as the bright sunshine from the open doors threw off the lighting (white out).

  9. says

    @Michael: With the right hardware & software, it’s really not as hard as it looks. That’s why I’m wondering whether I should finish the half-written draft tutorial on how to so this…don’t want to give away all our secrets :)

  10. says

    @Audrey you should definately publish that tutorial. This is a killer photo/panorama to have on your blog. The temple looks stunning. For a second you feel almost like beeing inside.

  11. says

    Love the panorama. Yes, please do post a tutorial because we have been considering adding a feature like this to our site on our weekly photos (not that we want to copy your blog . . . oh what the heck, of course we want to copy your blog!). I’d love to try it once.

  12. says

    Daniel and Audrey, you’ve done it once again! One of my favorite spots in Malaysia, Penang; and one of the best places in Penang to see culture, the Khoo Kongsi Temple. I haven’t been there in three years now, and I really miss the place. Thanks for bringing back the memories…

  13. says

    @The Chile Doctor: Penang is quite a fascinating place because of the mixture of cultures and vast history of being a trading area. And, don’t get me started about the food! Glad this panorama brought back good memories.

  14. says

    I also come back to check if u already have the tutorial… and oh, in Malaysia already! are u considering to hop over Philippines next? I’ll be happy to host u in Manila. :)

  15. says

    @Lilliane: Although this panorama is from a couple of years ago, we are actually in Malaysia right now (Kuala Lumpur). We’re still figuring out our Asia plans, but know that we will visit Bangladesh soon. The Philippines keeps coming up a lot, so we’ll let you know if we head your way. Thanks for your offer to host us!


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