I had been to this place countless time when I was small.Ã‚Â Mom showed me the footprint of Sam Poh Ã‚Â and as a child, I used to imagine a really huge giant whose feet were planted, one sideÃ‚Â in Melaka and one side Penang.Ã‚Â Back then, I did not even know that Melaka is so, so far away from Penang (more than 500KM?)
Today, I made a trip to Batu Maung just to pass time and took some pics.Ã‚Â Back home, I did a little googling and check out Wikipedia’s site.Ã‚Â Oh wow, Admiral Zheng He is a Muslim?
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Hmm…interesting… There is a Chinese temple dedicated for Admiral Zheng He in Batu Maung, Penang.
There is a statue in the temple which I believe is worship by the fishermen in the area for protection from the seas.
Right in front of the altar, is a little well.Ã‚Â It turns out to be the footprint. People has turned it into a wishing well with coins in there.
Here is a close up of the footprint.Ã‚Â It remember it was way bigger when I was a child.Ã‚Â Now it looks the size of a really big man.Ã‚Â I have never been to the one in Melaka and am not sure if the size is the same.Ã‚Â Anyway, these are just folklores. Otherwise, Admiral Zheng He must be an angry, big man to stomp a huge footprint like that.Ã‚Â Hahaha.
You can read more about Admiral Zheng He or Laksamana Cheng Ho from Wikipedia.Ã‚Â If you are in the mood for more historical read, check out Chinese Muslim site too.The temple is just a tiny one with a nice garden and a beautiful sight of the sea and colourful fishermen boats.
So, if you are curious about a Chinese Muslim worship in a Chinese temple, do make a trip to Batu Maung.Ã‚Â There are signs leading to the temple.Ã‚Â Batu Maung is near the Bayan Lepas International airport and the Bayan Lepas Free Trade Zone.