The extraordinary Tian Hou temple, Melaka

The colour red symbolises prosperity.

The Heng Ann Tian Hou Temple is an attractive Chinese temple dedicated to Tian Hou (Mazu) in Melaka.

The altar is richly decorated with gold paint.

To people who originate from Fujian, Hainan and other parts of southeast China as well as Vietnam, Mazu (Matsu) is the goddess of the sea and is believed to protect fishermen and sailors.

Mazu is also known as Tian Hou, also spelt Thean Hou.

The temple is located on the 3rd floor of the Heng Ann Association building which was opened in 1971. There is a lift for those who need it.

The Malacca Heng Ann Association is a community centre which was founded in 1945.

The goddess mazu protects sailors and fishermen.

There is a guest house, Heng Ann Guest House, on the second floor.

Operating Hours
9am to 5pm daily

Tian Hoh Temple @ Heng Ann Association
98, Jalan Laksamana Cheng Ho
75000 Melaka

GPS: 2.195064, 102.259103

This article first appeared in malaysia-traveller