The island’s history as a trading port for the British East India company brought in many workers and traders from all over the world. Besides the major races – Chinese, Malay and Indian, there is a sizeable community of Eurasian and Siamese communities in Penang. All of them brought along with them their beliefs and rituals. 

The state has practised religious tolerance from then until now with its diverse places of worship, some of which are built very close to each other. The perfect example is Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, also known as the Street of Harmony where the Kapitan Keling Mosque, Kuan Yin Temple, St. George's Church and Sri Mahamariamman Temple all sit within walking distance.