Located atop Robson Heights on Lorong Bellamy, Thean Hou temple is one of the oldest and biggest temples in South East Asia. During festive seasons such as Chinese New Year, Wesak Day, and the Mooncake Festival, thousands of people flock to this temple to celebrate.
Initially dedicated to the Goddess of Heaven (Tian Hou) in Chinese mythology, the temple has also included multiple statues of the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin), and also a shrine for the Goddess of the Waterfront (Shui Wei Sheng Niang).
Built on a hill in 1987 by the Hainanese community living in Malaysia, the beautiful 6-tiered temple offers great photo opportunities for visitors along with majestic views of KL city. Head up the stairs and to the left towards the 4th floor, where you’ll find the main courtyard and prayer room.
Marvel at the intricately carved dragon-inspired pillars, along with the colourful pagoda rooftops. The temple’s structure incorporates elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, combined with a mixture of modern architecture and authentic traditional design.
Inside, you’ll find three altars of the goddesses that locals come here to worship. The statue of the Goddess of Heaven sits in between The Goddess of the Waterfront and The Goddess of Mercy. To request for blessings from these deities, worshippers light joss sticks as an offering to the gods and kneel respectfully as they pray.
Thean Hou Temple also conducts fortune-telling readings by the use of Kau Chim, and offers martial arts classes such as Qigong, Wushu, and Tai-Chi.
Towards the back of the temple, you’ll find a number of statues lined up in a few rows. These statues depict the stories of the Twenty-four Filial Examples, a classic text of Confucian filial piety.
The 24 stories are etched in stone, allowing you to read and learn about the Confucian moral values depicted through these stories.
Thean Hou Temple is also a popular wedding venue for KL’s Chinese locals, with a large function hall on the 2nd floor and the offering of Registration of Marriage (ROM) services. It also features a Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden, a tortoise pond, and a wishing well.
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm
Address: No. 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur
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Entrance Fee: Free