Photo blog: The Jade Emperor Temple, Penang Hill

This temple is the only one of its kind in Malaysia dedicated solely to the Jade Emperor (Thnee Kong) the supreme ruler of the Heavens

This temple is the only one of its kind in Malaysia dedicated solely to the Jade Emperor (Thnee Kong) the supreme ruler of the Heavens

The Jade Emperor Temple is located at a slope of Penang Hill and is off the usual tourist route

Built more than a century ago, the temple has undergone extensive renovation in 2002

The architecture is a mix of Hokkien, Cantonese and Foochew with the 3rd level housing the Jade Emperor and Higher Gods

Behind the temple runs the Penang Hill Railway track

The main celebration days are the 9th day of the Chinese New Year and the Mooncake Festival

The temple is surrounded by many sacred Bo trees like the one which Buddha sat under when he reached enlightenment

A panaromic view of Ayer Itam and Georgetown greet everyone one climbing up the stairways