I have always loved visiting religious sites such as temples. So, when my friend from Kuala Lumpur suggested visiting Thean Hou Temple, I was very happy. This is definitely one of the Things To Do In Kuala Lumpur.
My friend picked me up from the hotel where I stayed at – Ramada Suites Kuala Lumpur City Centre. And it was a short drive, about 20 to 30 minutes to the temple.
Tip: Don’t miss Watching the Video! (shown further down)
About Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and biggest temples in Kuala Lumpur, maybe even in Southeast Asia. The temple has six tiers. The architecture has influences from Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. And it was built in honour of the Goddess Queen of Heaven – also known as Thean Hou or Tian Hou.
Thean Hou is a Goddess to protect fishermen. Of course, the Goddess helps anyone, too. Which is why many come to worship Thean Hou and Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy here.
The temple was built by Kuala Lumpur’s Hainanese community. It was officially opened on 3 September 1989. It is located on top of Robson Hill, and from certain locations of the temple, you can see wonderful views of the capital of Malaysia.
Thean Hou Temple – The Video
Thean Hou temple is so very beautiful and magnificent. The bright and colorful lanterns at the courtyard. The garden at the temple grounds. The impressive Main Prayer Hall and all the grand furnishings as well as the golden statues. All of it was quite a sight to behold.
Don’t miss watching this video!
More About Thean Hou Temple
At the entrance of the temple grounds, there is a garden where you can find the fountain of Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. Here, you can stand at a fake rock in front of the statue of Goddess of Mercy, and water will spout further towards you. The idea is to cup your hands and be able to catch some of the water. Splash the water on your face to receive blessings from Kwan Yin.
As you walk closer to the temple, you can spot another garden just next to the temple. This garden features the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac signs.
At front entrance of the temple, you can begin to notice the multi-arched gateways with red pillars. These symbolize prosperity and good fortune. The columns are dragon-inspired, and there are pagoda rooftops.
The rows of pretty lanterns was breathtaking. You must be there to experience this! Oh wait, watch the video I made for you (above), and it is the next best thing. It is really quite a sight!
The Main Prayer Hall is on the fourth level. It is filled with bright golden statues, which the main one is that of Thean Hou Goddess. I must say, when I was there, I was very impressed with the grandeur and beauty of this hall.
On the first level, there are souvenir stalls, a canteen as well as a marriage registration office. Thean Hou temple is also a popular venue for weddings. The second level is the multi-purpose hall, and the third level is where the offices are.
On special occasions such Chinese New Year Wesak Day, Mooncake Festivals, or the birthdays of Buddha or Bodhisatvas, you will see thousands of devotees and visitors fill this temple. They come to burn joss sticks, kneel in prayer and give offerings to the Thean Hou and all the other Divine Beings.
On weekends, you can see people exercising and practising martial arts such as Qigong, Taichi, Wushu.
Where is Thean Hou Temple?
How To Get There?
There are no buses or trains direct to the temple. One of the options is to go to the Klang bus terminal, and take the minibus number 27 to Jalan Syed Putra. Alight and take a short walk to the temple.
The best mode of travel, that I highly recommend, is to go by taxi or Grab. To save costs, first travel by KTM to the Mid Valley station. Or you can take the LRT to Bangsar station. From these places, you can get a cab or Grab.
The distance to the temple is only 2 to 3 kilometres. Also, there is less chances of you getting lost. Going out of the place and back to the city, again you can call a cab or Grab.
Address of Thean Hou Temple:
65 Persiaran Endah, Off Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50460
Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 – 18:00
Contact Thean Hou Temple:
Phone Number: +603 227 4 7088
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Hey everyone, I am Timotheus. When I am not giving lectures, I love traveling and visiting cities and towns all over Asia. It is a thrill for me to find and share awesome places to see, great tasting food to eat, and restful rooms to get a good night’s sleep.