Seberang Jaya is a new township built in 1970s by Penang Development Corporation, in tandem to the industrial growth in Perai, with two major highways, North-South Expressway and Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE) crossing through it.
In the heart of this bustling new township, an enclave at the intersection between Jalan Todak and Lorong Jelawat 4 is dedicated to the houses of worship. A total of 8 houses of worship reside within this enclave, with a mosque on the other side of the BKE. Hindu Temples, Buddhist Temple, Taoist Temple, Sikh Gurdwara, Christian Church and Muslim Mosque coexist, grow and support each other regardless of the difference in faith.
In recognizing the harmonious spirit within this enclave, the Penang State Government through Penang Harmony Corporation is mirroring the Street of Harmony in George Town to Seberang Jaya and branding it as – Street of Harmony Seberang Jaya.
Ku Cheng Tse Temple
The Ku Cheng Tse Temple Butterworth was established in 1963 at Kampung Gajah, Butterworth. Upon completion of the current building at Lorong Jelawat 4 in 2003, the temple moved here. Its architecture encompasses both the Thai and Chinese Buddhist elements. The main Deities of Worship at Ku Cheng Tse Temple are the Lord Buddha, the Thailand high monk Venerable Luang Phor Thout and the 18 Arahants. The temple also provides regular charity and medical aids for the poor.
Arulmigu Sri Bala Murugan Temple
Arulmigu Sri Bala Murugan Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Murugan. It is managed by Persatuan Penganut Dewa Sri Bala Murugan. The temple was first established in the year 1968 before moving to the current location in 2009. The activities and celebrations in this temple include Annual Prayers, Thaipusam Paal kudam, Monthly Karthigai and Sasthi, Kanda Shasthi, Thiru Karthigai & daily prayers.
Sri Sri Radha Krishna Kanhaiya Temple of Devotion & Understanding (TODU)
The Temple of Devotion & Understanding (TODU) was completed and opened in 2015 by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Malaysia. The establishment of TODU fulfills the aspiration of ISKCON Founder-Acarya, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, to have a Hare Krishna Temple here in Malaysia. TODU’s presiding deities are Sri Sri Radha Krishna Kanhaiya and Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga Rai. This majestic temple has three big ornate domes, two glass skylight pyramidal domes and 16 pavilions. The mezzanine floor exhibits dioramas depicting key events of Srila Prabhupada’s life from India to the west (1896-1977).
Gurdwara Sahib Butterworth
Gurdwara Sahib Butterworth has a long history of its foundation that can be traced back to the Sikh community that settled along the Jalan Pantai due to the employment by the Straits Trading Company Ltd., way back in the early 20th century. In 1934, a single-story brick structure with tilted roof situated along the Jalan Chain Ferry (now Jalan New Ferry) was officiated as the Gurdwara Sahib Butterworth. After decades at Jalan Chain Ferry, the gurdwara moved in to the current building at Jalan Todak in 2019. Gurdwara Sahib Butterworth is the latest house of worship at the Street of Harmony – Seberang Jaya
Peniel Christian Fellowship
Peniel Christian Fellowship is a Pentecostal Christian organisation with decades of history and over 100 members from all parts of Penang. Prior to moving to Jalan Todak in the early 2000s, the congregation had their meeting at a premise on Jalan Chain Ferry. The word ‘Peniel’ seeks reference to the historical encounter between the prophet Jacob and God as described in the Bible. Annually, the church celebrates Christmas, Easter and Good Friday.
Persatuan Buddhis Seberang Jaya
Persatuan Buddhis Seberang Jaya was established in 1985 at Taman Siakap, Seberang Jaya. The ground breaking and the call for donation to construct the new building started in 1994 and the construction began in 1995. Persatuan Buddhis Seberang Jaya officially moved in to this building in year 2000. It practices the teaching of Mahayana Buddhism. Most activities and prayers here are led by lay Buddhist and volunteers. The association also does community work and Chinese medicine drive for the public.
Guang Yin Temple Seberang Jaya
Guang Yin Temple Seberang Jaya is a Taoist temple dedicated to the Taoist deity – the Goddess of Mercy (Guang Yin). It was established in 2003. Later, the expansion work for the bigger temple was started in 2017. The temple is managed by Persatuan Penganut Dewi Bodhisatha Guang Yin Seberang Jaya. The main celebration of this temple is the Goddess of Mercy’s Birthdays, which fall on the 19th day of the 2nd, 6th and 9th of Chinese lunar month.
Arulmigu Karumariamman Temple
Arulmigu Karumariamman Temple is a South Indian Hindu Temple. The temple started as a wooden shed temple within a rubber estate over a hundred years ago. With the work of the community, Arulmigu Karumariaaman Temple was relocated to the current location. The kumbabishegam (consecration) for the deity was also done on 6 July 2003. Goddess Karumariamman is the presiding deity at the temple. Impressively, the temple has one of the tallest rajagopuram (main sculpture tower) in Malaysia, standing at the height of 72 feet.
Masjid Sembilang Seberang Jaya was built at its current location at Taman Sembilang, across the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway in 2006. Priorly, the Muslim congregation in the area gathered at a surau (Muslim prayer hall) nearby. The mosque is built with a unique combination of the Moorish architecture element, Islamic geometric details portrayed on its long screen window and local building layout arrangement with prayer hall situated in the heart of the building.
Street of Harmony Seberang Jaya