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Thean Hou Temple

Overlooking the Federal highway, Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia and a popular tourist attraction in Malaysia due to its sheer magnificence. This six-tiered Chinese temple sits on top of Robson Heights in Kuala Lumpur.

Goddess of Mercy
Dedicated to Tian Hou – a goddess said to protect fishermen – this gorgeous temple is also a habitual spot of many devotees to worship Guan Yin – the Goddess of Mercy and was erected by the Kuala Lumpur Hainanese community.

In the interior of the temple, an effigy of the Tian Hou Goddess sits majestically between the Goddess of the Waterfront and the Goddess of Mercy – also known as Guan Yin. Statues of the laughing Buddha, Guan Di – the God of War – and Wei Tuo contribute to this multicultural and ecumenical site.
Thean Hou Temple

Design
The temple incorporates elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism into its grandiose structure. The structural design represents a successful combination of contemporary architectural style and time-honoured designs featuring intricate embellishments and ornate carvings and murals.

The front entrance features a multi-arched gateway with red pillars – to symbolize prosperity and good fortune. Boasting dragon-inspired columns and pagoda rooftops, this extravagant edifice houses a prayer hall with three altars. The temple also features a Chinese medicinal herbs garden and a tortoise pond along with a well.

Celebrations
You can often see devotees as well as visitors burning joss sticks, kneeling in prayer as well as placing offerings at the feet of the effigies; during certain Chinese festivals – such as Wesak Day and Mooncake festival –thousands of devotees frequent the site.

The temple is a popular wedding venue amongst the Chinese populace in Malaysia and even conducts fortune telling readings as well as traditional Chinese exercise and martial arts activities such as Qigong, tai-chi and wushu classes.

Opening Hours: Daily: 09:00 - 18:00
Address: 65 Persiaran Endah, Off Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50460
Tel: +603 227 4 7088
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