This Goddess of Mercy Temple is located at the intersection between China Street and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (formerly known as Pitt Street). This popular temple cum tourist attraction is opened from 8am to 6pm.
“Kuan Yin Teng (Goddess of Mercy Temple) Penang”, a copyrighted post, was written for Klang, Malaysia Daily Photo blog by Autumn Belle @ http://mymalaysiadailyphoto.blogspot.com on July 19th, 2012.
Large/giant joss sticks like these are usually lighted up during a celebration as a form of paying respect to the deities of a temple, also as gesture of gratitude after the fulfilment of a vow. This custom of vow redemption is called "huan yuan" ( 還願). This is a typical Taoist method of worship. Fruits and flowers are offered in the thanksgiving. Sometimes cooked vegetarian dishes, steamed buns and cakes are offered to the deities.
This temple is always busy. Locals come here to pray and ask for blessings in life, studies, marriage, health or seek protection from bad luck. In Chinese, burning Incense is called "Shao Xiang" ( 燒香) and Worship "Bai Bai" (拜拜). You can read further by visiting this link at Daoinfo.org.