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Chan See Shu Yuen Temple ~ Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
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Chan See Shu Yuen Temple is a fine example of southern Chinese architecture and is one of the oldest Chinese temple in the country.

Located at the southern end of Jalan Petaling or Chinatown, It is best known for its intricate carvings, showing stories from Chinese legends, and for its green tiles, from which it gets its informal name, the Green Temple.



It is designed with typical Chinese planning with open courtyards and symmetrically organised pavilions. Elaborate glazed ceramic sculptures are used on the facade and roof ridges while paintings and woodcarving enhances the interior.

Built between 1897 and 1906, it is quite an elaborate temple; from outside you can see the intricately carved kwang-tung roof, gables and specially-crafted terracotta friezes with monumental Chinese history and mythological scenes.

The interior of the main temple has pillars with scenes of gold-painted warriors battling lions, dragons and other mythical creatures. At the edges of the temple are blue ceramic vases while standing on either side of the main entrance are shrines to the female and male guardians of the doorway. The smell of burning incense permeates throughout the temple.

There are numerous documents telling of the hardship that went into constructing the building. All the building materials and construction items and even craftsmen were brought from China.

Visitors can see there are extensive, elaborate and decorative cravings that depict historical figures, legends and sceneries even in the wood, pottery, lime cast iron, and stone.

The architecture features curved ceramic green glazed tiles are set in a wave-like pattern; decorative ceramic blue and green tiles bear the motifs of auspicious Chinese symbols such as lotuses, peaches and plums; red and gold lacquered woodworks that depict images of dragons, phoenixes and paradise.

The ancestral worship hall or De Xing Hall, is supported by four imposing red wooden pillars, which houses the honorary statues of the first ancestor and descendants.

It was originally built as the Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Association, one of the renowned clan houses in Malaysia. It is the clan house of the Yuen family, the largest and one of the oldest surviving clan houses in Kuala Lumpur. Clan members with the same surnames like Chan, Chen and Tan are from the same ancestral ties dating back centuries. The Clan Association has more than 100 years old of history and as a clan house; it once offered a welcome refuge home for newly-arrived migrants of China a century ago.

Admission to Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Association is free and donations are welcome. It opens daily from 8am to 5pm.

Note
Other sights nearby is Chinatown in Petaling Street and the Mahamariamman Temple.


Best Way to Visit - Take Cultural Night Tour
An evening private tour that allow a visit here, Chinatown, the Mariamman Temple and ending the night with an extravagant Buffet Dinner with a Cultural Dance show.


PLACES & SIGHTSEEING ~ KL CITY CENTRE
  CHINATOWN CENTRAL MARKET    JAMEK MOSQUE    MARIAMMAN TEMPLE
  THEAN HOU TEMPLE    PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS    KL TOWER    INDEPENDENCE SQUARE
  KINGS PALACE    CHAN SEE SHU YUEN TEMPLE

 

 

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