Feb 26, 2012

Thean Hou Temple

The Majesty of Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple

via: Dazzling Expresso

Make your prayers, watch a local wedding, get your fortune told, handle a 100-year-old tortoise, and capture some once-in-a-lifetime photographs at Kuala Lumpur’s most famous temple. Thean Hou Temple, a staggering Chinese temple built on a hillside atop Robson Heights in Kuala Lumpur, is a multi-cultural spectacle, and a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Bring A Camera!
Thean Hou was built in 1981, relocated in 1987, and officially opened to the public in its current location in September 1989. Today it’s one of the largest Chinese temples outside of China. The temple masterfully interweaves traditional Chinese architecture with modern influences. It’s a popular destination for local marriage services, and photographic opportunities and on any given day you can witness wedding photography, and a wedding taking place on the temple grounds. Many of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous stock tourism photos feature shots taken at Thean Hou Temple. Bring your own camera – the intricate sculptures and handcrafted art of the temple, as well as the stunning views of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline make for endless photo opportunities.

Thean Hou Temple Photo

via: Jeffrey04

The nearly two-acre temple ground features a medicinal herb garden, a garden of intricate statues and sculptures, an impressive tortoise pond, and a four-story temple structure. The first floor of the temple building contains an assortment of souvenir shops, as well as a food court. The 2nd and 3rd floors feature a banquet dinner, commonly used for wedding dinners, and marriage registration and administration offices. The top level of the temple is where the main temple hall is located, and is host to many of the temple’s religious and cultural activities and events.

 

Chinese New Year @ Thean Hou

 

Chinese New Year @ Thean Hou

via: Alice Teoh

The temple, which is influenced by Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, is serious business to Kuala Lumpur’s Chinese community, and is host to over 100 cultural gatherings every year. Chinese New Year is the biggest event held every year at Thean Hou Temple. The temple is outfitted with hundreds of red lanterns for Chinese New Year, and crowds of city-folk and tourists crowd this popular landmark.

 

Visit At Night, Travel By Taxi

 

Thean Hou Temple At Night

via: rooymans2000

Visit Thean Hou Temple in the evening, as the crowds die down, and the sun goes down over the city. On a clear day, you should have a great view of KL Tower and the Petronas Towers. Seeing Thean Hou’s lanterns lit up at night is a magnificent sight. Take a taxi, as public transit does not serve the temple. The temple involves a steep uphill drive. Ask your taxi driver to wait for you while you discover the Thean Hou Temple, it’s awfully hard to catch a taxi on the way down.

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