Thean Hou Temple: Malaysia’s Greatest Chinese Architectural Masterwork

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 0 Comments

Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur 

Ever since I have seen the real thing in China a few years back, I found myself not being easily awestruck by Chinese temples in other cities. I could count the times I’ve been massively mesmerized by some temples that are so outstanding you can feel all the emotions rising up, but just can’t explain them. Such is Malaysia’s Thean Hou Temple.

This certified Lonely Planet favorite is a landmark six-tiered Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur. It can be found overlooking Jalan Syed Putra on top of land at Robson Heights along Lorong Bellamy. It’s affiliated with Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, and is dedicated to the dedicated to Goddess Tian Hou (The Heavenly Mother).

No scrimping on imposing pillars, spectacular roofs, ornate carvings and intricate embellishments, the temple here could rival any beautiful temple in other countries across the world. Its external features are heavenly picturesque.

Fun fact: the Thean Hou Temples has the richest features of Chinese Architectural beauty in Malaysia. Its main attractions include Balustrades, Decorative Beams, Domed Ceilings, Eaves Cornice, Column Beam Angle, Caligraphic Couplets, Murals, Chinese Medicinal Herbs Garden, Wishing Well, Tortoise Pond, Love Fate Lane, and the Souvenir Stall.

The place is picture worthy in all angles possible, every zoomed in inch and every wide angle peripheral. No wonder a lot of locals use this as a wedding photo session place as well! You could easily spend a couple of hours here, enjoying the sights and the solace. Plus points - going here at night will make you feel like you’ve reached the stars!

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

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Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 51 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the limits of after-office hours and vacation leaves.

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