Chinatown's temples



Address:

163 Jalan Tun H S Lee
5000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Neighborhood:

Chinatown

Contact:

tel: 603- 2078 3467 (Hindu Temple)

Strenuousness:

No Sweat

NileGuide Expert tip:

There is a free guided tour - the Malaysia Heritage Walk - conducted by a group who call themselves Be Tourist. It starts from the meeting point of Central Market's main entrance at 10.30am every day. It covers Chinatown's temples and other heritage sites.

Description:

Chinese temples are either Buddhist or Taoist temples. Devotees gather at temples, lighting joss sticks and chanting prayers. The city's Chinese temples are heavily embellished, with arched entrances, pillars and carvings. You won't miss this bright red, incense-wreathed temple, located close to Chinatown. Time seems to stand still as you have your fortune read at the altar at Guan Di Temple in Chinatown. Hindu's flock to temples to give offerings or pujas to their chosen deities, seeking their blessings. Hindu temples are characterized by their intricately embellished tower like structures that crown the main temple like complex. Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the city's oldest. Look up and you'll see the ornate and vibrant hues of its five-tiered Raja Gopuram tower of sculpted Hindu gods. Take time to enter the temple to view its large silver chariot. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple, several doors down from the Guan Di Temple, is an important cultural heritage.

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Arjuna Wijasuriya


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