Tuesday, Feb 04

The Only Temple To Visit When You’re In Kuala Lumpur

By Nur Azim Syukri Hamzah

Kuala Lumpur is widely known for numerous landmarks, such as the world-famous iconic landmarks like the Petronas Twin Towers, religious hotspots like Batu Caves, as well as culturally enriching Petaling street markets.  As a result, you’ll find vibrant events and festivities celebrated throughout the year, while local markets and religious sites offer a glimpse into the local culture and lifestyle. On top of the busy Kuala Lumpur City, there lies a hidden gem called Thean Hou Temple.

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Set on a hill with commanding views over Kuala Lumpur, this six-tiered temple is a syncretic mix of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Thean Hou Temple is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia plus its an Instagram worthy place in Kuala Lumpur to put in your list. This guide to Thean Hou temple will cover everything you need to know about the temple.

The History Of Thean Hou Temple

The Thean Hou Temple was built by the Hainanese community in order to commemorate the Goddess of Thean Hou. It is one of the largest and the oldest Chinese temple in South East Asia and was officially opened on 3rd September 1989.

Overlooking the Federal highway, the six-tiered Buddhist temple is also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven who is the protector of the fisherman. The temple set on a hill and offers wonderful views of the city with a structural design that represents a successful combination of contemporary architectural style and traditional designs with intricate embellishments and ornate carvings and murals.

You will find striking pillars, ornate carvings, domed roofs, intricate ceiling art, multi-arches, colorful lanterns, and a spectacular 6-tiered roof.

Thean Hou Temple from Instagram post
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Dress Code to Enter Thean Hou Temple

There are no clothing restrictions or dress codes for visiting Thean Hou temple but it is recommended to dress decently as it is a place of worship. But, you are welcome to wear whatever you like here, and won’t be denied access if not dressed appropriately. The entrance and admission are also free. You can just walk straight up to the temple. Yes, you pay absolutely nothing to visit this stunning attraction. There are a few souvenir stores on the premises – so you could always purchase something there as a contribution. Plus the temple is open to receive cash donations.

Getting to Thean Hou Temple

LRT or KTM line, none of the stations is within walking distance from Thean Hou Temple. The best way to get to Thean Hou Temple is by driving there. It is situated on top of Robson Hill. The journey up to the top of the hill is rather steep. Parking is ample but is not free during the weekends. We recommend using Grab to visit the temple. It costs around RM 5 from KL Central or Brickfields or you could just book a Tourplus private tour

Address: 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Website: hainannet.com.my

Contact : 03-2274 7088

When to visit Thean Hou Temple?

The temple is open 8 am – 10 pm daily. The best time to visit to have the place to yourself is before 9 am in the morning. The temple starts to get busy after 10 am but the temple does stay open later sometimes especially during the major religious festivals such as Wesak Day, the Mooncake Festival and Chinese New Year. So if you want to avoid the crowds, you might want to play it safe and visit as early as possible.

Thean Hou Temple also from the instagram source
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Extra Tips To Travel Around!

As part of this guide to Thean Hou Temple, we have decided to include a few other main attractions in the city. Thean Hou is a great place to spend an hour or two, but you will have plenty of time to explore other parts of the city as well.

  • Visit Kuala Lumpur City Center Park (KLCC Park)
  • Stroll in the Perdana Botanical Gardens (formerly known as Taman Tasik Perdana or Lake Gardens)
  • Tour the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
  • Enjoy the National Art Gallery
  • Drop by the PETRONAS Art Gallery
  • Pay a visit to the Kuala Lumpur Cultural Craft Complex
  • Explore Batu Caves
Thean Hou Temple old architecture
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There you go, your full guide on Thean Hou Temple. If you’d like to get the best experience out of your buck during your time here in Kuala Lumpur, we have many more personalised experiences for you to enjoy!



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