Thean Hou Temple

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Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple is a six-tiered structure with architecture inspired by Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. The temple complex also has a turtle pond, a Chinese Medicinal Herbs Garden, Wishing Well, and a Bodhi tree. Every aspect of the temple is exquisite from the Kuan Yin fountain to the gorgeous red pillars at the garden's entrance.

The temple's prayer hall on level four has three principal altars, each devoted to a different goddess. This temple, dedicated to the Chinese Sea Goddess Mazu, the Goddess of Mercy Guan Yin, and the Goddess of the Waterfront Shui Wei Sheng Niang, attracts both devout and visitors. The temple is a stunning piece of art, complete with columns adorned with fiery dragons, brown tiled roofs, and eye-catching pagoda-shaped roofing. It also contains a marriage registration office where many couples register their marriages and have wedding celebrations. The temple is located on a hill in Robson Heights and offers stunning views of the metropolis and Jalan Syed Putra.

Thean Hou Temple organises a variety of events in addition to Buddhism, Taoism, and Chinese holidays, such as the Goddess Festival and Spring Festival, which attract devotees and visitors from all over the world.

Attractions At Thean Hou Temple

The Shrine
The Shrine

The shrine is located on the top level of the Thean Hou Temple and serves as the main prayer hall. It features three altars devoted to the three goddesses of the shrine: Goddess Mazu, Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin), and Goddess of Shui Wei. Pilgrims bow in front of a statue of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, to seek blessings.

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24 oSlar Term Iron Paper
24 oSlar Term Iron Paper-Cutting

Paper cutting is one of China's most ancient traditional arts and crafts. Similar to this, the 24 solar terms are a traditional Chinese way of conveying seasonal variations and serving as a farming calendar. Thean Hou Temple has established the country's first iron paper-cutting craft exhibition zone based on the ancient Chinese calendar's 24 solar eras to bring public attention to these centuries-old practices.

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Fu Lu Shou
Fu Lu Shou

Outside the Marriage Registration Office, three life-size sculptures of the three Gods are installed which represent Fortune, Prosperity, and Longevity and are considered auspicious in astrology and Chinese folklore. Fu signifies good fortune and tranquillity, Lu represents power, authority, and money, and Shou represents longevity and good health.

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Chinese Chess Board
Chinese Chess Board

This Chess Board, next to the cultural activity centre was crowned Malaysia's Biggest Chinese Chess Set Replica, as it has a width of 10 metres and a total length of 12.8 metres. The chessboard is generally divided into 64 squares with nine vertical and 10 horizontal lines and is usually split into two groups of 16 pieces each, red and blue.

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Street Art
Street Art

One of the top attractions of Thean Hou Temple is the street arts that have become a popular picture spot for tourists. The art displays comprises two paintings depicting some pleasant time at home. A mural of a "pouring" full of rice is painted on the side of the "Nostalgic House," signifying that the family has enough food and clothes to make a lot of money.

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The Twenty-four Chinese Filial
The Twenty-four Chinese Filial Exemplars

To promote the notion of filial piety prominent in Chinese Confucianism and culture, Thean Hou Temple has erected 24 Filial statues on the side of the Ci Hui Court. These are high-quality Gutian green stone sculptures that have an aspect that is majestic. They are one of Thean Hou Temple's most distinctive characteristics, portraying the culture and ideals of the Chinese civilization.

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Chinese Herb Garden
Chinese Herb Garden

The Chinese Medicinal Garden at Thean Hou Temple is being planted with hundreds of Chinese medicinal plants to symbolise the Goddess Mazu's tremendous compassion in providing herbal remedies to the underprivileged. There are signs posted beside the plants to help visitors fully grasp knowledge about the herbs as it has information about the scientific name of the plant, its properties, and its medicinal effects.

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Chinese Zodiac
Chinese Zodiac

A wonderful art installation of traditional Chinese art forms is located in the garden to the right of the temple's main edifice. It comprises 12 sculptures that reflect 12 Chinese zodiac signs and the country's culture including a dragon, tiger, rabbit, sheep, horse, and so on. The English labels next to each zodiac sign assist international tourists in understanding the meaning and importance of these zodiac signs.

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Serenity Garden
Serenity Garden

As soon as you enter inside from Thean Hou Temple's main edifice, you will be welcomed by The Serenity Garden. It also comprises a wishing pond where tourists and residents alike may make their wishes. This garden is also known as 'Yi Xin Yuan,' which means a relaxing area where individuals can be seen practising Tai Chi to keep their bodies and minds in condition.

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Highlights for Thean Hou Temple

  • Learn about the architectural and theological importance of Thean Hou Temple, which displays a magnificent blend of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism philosophies.
  • Worship the Goddess of Mercy, the Chinese Sea Goddess, and the Waterfront Goddess to feel fortunate.
  • Witness the nighttime magnificence of this 6-tiered temple as it is transformed into a magnificent display of multicoloured lanterns and lights.
  • Be amazed by the magnificent Chinese architecture and be welcomed by the Kuan Yin fountain and beautiful crimson pillars at the entrance.
  • Spend some minutes simply appreciating the cityscapes that unroll before you from the temple's upper levels, and feel revitalised.

Know Before You Go Thean Hou Temple

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  • Location: 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460

  • Timings: everyday from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

  • How to Reach

  • By Taxi/Car: The temple is a quick 5-10 minute drive from K.L City Center. A car or cab is the fastest and most convenient method to reach the temple.

  • By Train: Both Bangsar (LRT) and Mid Valley (KTM) railway stations are around 2-3 kilometres from the temple. You may either walk the remaining distance (around 25-30 minutes) or take a cab from the station.

  • Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Thean Hou Temple is before 8.45 a.m. in the morning when the weather is pleasant and the crowd is less. However, if you want to watch the temple in all its glory then visit the place after sunset when it is beautifully lit by hanging lanterns.

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FAQs For Thean Hou Temple

Which are the best places to visit near Thean Hou Temple?

- KL Bird Park: The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is one of the best eco-tourism attractions that is quite popular among bird lovers as it is located among the peaceful and gorgeous KL Lake Gardens. KL Bird Park, the world's biggest free-flight walk-in aviary, offers guests the opportunity to witness colourful birds flying freely in a natural and well-kept habitat.

- Wei-ling Contemporary: Wei-Ling Contemporary is one of the popular Malaysian art galleries that houses art made by contemporary Malaysian artists which is a must-see for art enthusiasts.

- Istana Negara: One of the places to visit near Thean Hou Temple is the Istana Negara, the official house of Malaysia's King, who is also the country's state head. The guard of change event that takes place two times a day outside the palace is open to view by the public.

Who built Thean Hou Temple?

The temple was made by Malaysian Hainanese, and the land is owned and managed by the Federal Territory Hainan Association as well as Selangor and is considered as Southeast Asia's biggest temples.

What do you wear at Thean Hou Temple?

The Thean Hou temple does not have any dress code. Even so, it's best to dress modestly, with your knees and shoulders covered.

What are some of the tips to visit Thean Hou Temple?

  • It is important to respect their religious beliefs while maintaining a sense of decorum on temple grounds.
  • Don't forget to see the spectacular cityscape view from the temple's upper floor.
  • Visit the temple at night for stunning views of the lit temple.
  • The Thean Hou temple does not have any dress code. Even so, it's best to dress modestly, with your knees and shoulders covered.
  • Since regular tour buses arrive at the temple by 9 a.m., it is preferable to come early to see the sights without the crowds.

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