All about Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou is one of the most well-known temples in Southeast Asia that is located in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from offering an architectural masterpiece, the temple also offers one of the perfect views of the Kuala Lumpur City, given that it is located on a hilltop. Here is the tips from BigThumb.
Thean Hou or also called as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven is a Buddhist temple dedicated to the goddess “Tian Hou” who is known to be a protector of the fishermen. Built in 1894, it is known to be one of the oldest and biggest temples in Southeast Asia.
The temple offers a grand experience and view of various Chinese architecture, religions, and traditions including Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Every detail in the temple is intricately made, and have its own religious or historical meaning, from the columns, the colors, and the ornaments.
Upon reaching the temple, tourists will be greeted by a spectacular gateway of red pillar, which represents luck and prosperity. There are also massive prayer areas, statues of Goddess Tian Hou, Goddess Guan Yin (Goddess of Mercy), and Guan Di (God of War), where tourists and devotees alike can make their offerings. Thean Hou Temple is particularly crowded with devotees during Chinese New Year.
The backyard of the temple should not be missed, as well. It offers a refreshing view of plants and trees to create a cooler and more relaxing area in the temple.
How to Get Here
Given its location, the Thean Hou Temple is unfortunately not connected to any LRT or KTM line. With this, the best way to get to the temple from KL center is by taxi. However, if you do not want to spend too much on your taxi fare, you can also take the LRT going to Bangsar Station, or the KTM Line and stop at the Mid Valley Station. From here, the temple is just around three kilometers away.
If you are worried about your transportation going back to the city center, you can aso avail various tour packages that already includes sightseeing at Thean Hou Temple. These tours often last not more than half a day, so you can be assured of having enough time to explore the rest of Kuala Lumpur.
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