Chan See Shu Yuen Temple ~ Places to
Visit in Kuala Lumpur
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.
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.
PLACES & SIGHTSEEING ~ KL CITY CENTRE
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