Unleashing the Dragon in Me

Our last stop in Anuar’s Kuala Lumpur City Tour for First Time Tourist was the Chinese temple, Thean Hou.

The Thean Hou Temple is a six-tiered Buddhist temple which officially opened in 1989.  The temple was built by the Hainanese community in Kuala Lumpur and is dedicated to the goddess Tian Hou, The Heavenly Mother.

The temple has a grandiose structure and combines modern architectural techniques and traditional design featuring imposing pillars, spectacular roofs, and intricate embellishments.

The front entrance of the temple features a multi-arched gateway with red pillars, the color symbolic of prosperity and good fortune. Souvenir stalls and a canteen are found on the 1st level. The 2nd level houses the multi-purpose hall while offices are located on the 3rd level. The 4th level has 3 tiers and the prayer hall is located here.  The prayer hall houses 3 altars, each with a sculpture of one deity or goddess.20140921_132012

I also like its well-laid out gardens with various statues, including different animals from the Chinese zodiac sign.  I was born in the year of the dragon, so I was attracted to these particular structures:

 

Overall, there’s nothing much to see in this place.  It gives a striking first impression, but once you get closer and go around, the temple itself is simple, with only three altars.  I have seen more elaborate Chinese temples back home.  Nevertheless, the grounds are clean and pleasant, and this is a place where I can imagine Chinese families bonding together.

 

Travel Tales of a Yogini.  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  2014.

 

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