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Thean Hou Temple


The Thean Hou Temple (Chinese: 天后宫) is the largest Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur. Located on a hill south of the city, the Thean Hou Temple is an impressive three-tier Chinese temple that is visited by hundreds of local and foreign tourists daily. Aside from being a multi-tier temple, the Thean Hou Temple has huge spaces and areas as well as multiple halls for various purposes.

The attraction of Thean Hou Temple lies in the fact that it’s one famous landmark in Kuala Lumpur. Located on a 1.67 acre land in Robson Heights along Lorong Bellamy, the temple is overlooking Jalan Syed Putra which is also called the Federal Highway.

The property belongs to and is run by the Selangor & Federal Territory Hainan Association. This temple is built by the Hainanese community living in Kuala Lumpur. The history of the temple started in the 1980s when the construction of the temple began in that period. It’s a temple dedicated sorely to Goddess Thean Hou or heavenly mother, the patron deity of sailors and fishermen.

Thean Hou Temple
Thean Hou Temple (天后宫)

In addition to Thean Hou, other attractions of the temple include a magnificent image of the goddess MaZu. The striking MaZu image is enshrined in the main hall, flanked by statues of Sui We, goddess of the waterfront and Kuan Yin, goddess of mercy. Other than the image of MaZu, the main hall of the temple also has the images of the Laughing Buddha and Buddhist as well as other Taoist goddess.

The temple has a series of traditional Chinese-style roofs decorated with golden dragons, phoenix, and a canopy of red paper lanterns. Built on four levels, it has food outlets and shops on the ground level, while the main shrine is on the third floor. The temple also serves as a community center, and a hall on the second level forms the venue for social gatherings such as weddings. Outside the building stand twelve statues, which represent the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. The front entrance of the temple features a multi-arched gateway with red pillars, the color symbolic of prosperity and good fortune.

Thean Hou Temple (天后宫) Entrance

The Thean Hou Temple is built based on elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The unique structure and architecture of the temple represents a successful combination of modern architectural techniques and authentic traditional design featuring imposing pillars, spectacular roofs, ornate carvings and intricate embellishments. Its grand architecture has made it a popular tourist destination.

All in all, Thean Hou Temple is definitely a place that must be put in your travel itinerary in Kuala Lumpur.

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