Thean Hou Temple ~ Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
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Sitting atop a hill, the Thean Hou Temple with elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, features traditional and contemporary Chinese architectural design. With decorative beams, spectacular roofs, ceilings, calligraphic couplets, and murals, the temple is dedicated to the patron Goddess Thean Hou of the Hainanese community.

This grand structure has made it a popular tourist destination and a place to relax and enjoy the panoramic view of the temple set against the city's skyline.

Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur is one of the largest Chinese temples in South-East Asia.

The front entrance of the temple features a multi-arched gateway with red pillars, the colour 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 three altars, dedicated to Guan Yin (the Goddess of Mercy), Tian Hou (Empress of the Sky) and Shui Wei Sheng Niang (the Goddess of the Waterfront).

Despite the dedication to Thean Hou (or Tien Hou), worship of Guan Yin (or "Guan Shi-Yin") is a recurrent theme here.

In addition to her altar in the prayer hall, there are also statues of Guan Yin set amongst rocks and falling water. Here one can kneel and receive a blessing of water from the statue.

In the small garden at the front of the temple are interesting statues of Guan Yin and the Three Wise Men (from right; The God of Longevity, he holds a staff and a peach; The God of Wealth, he holds a sceptre sword; and, The God of Happiness and Prosperity, he holds a child).

Opposite the temple, there is a collection of other large statues that include representations of the twelve animals of Chinese astrology

Dragons are prominently featured in this temple. At the 4th level, the courtyard has a mural of a fierce dragon and the white pillars of the prayer hall are decorated with writhing dragons. Its image is also seen on the walls and roofs.

The dragon was the most revered of all animals during ancient times and is symbolic of life. It is a sign of vigilance, strength and goodness.

Fortune Telling
Visitors can have their fortune told at the prayer hall. There are 3 'fortune telling' machines. Each machine consists of a cylindrical container with small drawers around it.

Numbered sticks have been placed in the container. You will need to draw up the whole bundle of sticks and drop them back into the container. The sole stick that sticks out is your 'luck'. You then match the number on the stick with the appropriate drawer. Each drawer contains pink slips of paper with the fortune told in Chinese and English.

Celebrations & Festivals
Thousands of people visit the temple every year to offer prayers to the three deities.

Apart from being a place of worship, the temple is also a place for cultural activities. It hosts an average of 100 activities annually.

Among them are the grand birthday celebrations for Thean Hou Goddess, Kuan Yin and the Goddess of the Waterfront, Dharma Prayers, Wesak Day, Mooncake Festival and the 15-day Chinese New Year celebration. The Thean Hou Goddess’ birthday celebration at the temple is touted as the biggest ever held outside China.

Newlyweds are frequently seen here as the temple provides a lovely location for video filming and picture taking. Couples wishing to get married can have their marriage registered and solemnised here and multi-purpose hall on the 2nd level is available for the wedding reception and dinner.

The Thean Hou Legend
Lin Mo was said to have been born on the 23rd day of the 3rd month of the lunar calendar in 960AD (Song Dynasty). The baby was given the name Mo (silence) because as a newborn she never cried. She grew up in Meizhou Islands off Putian in Fujian and died on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month in 987AD at the age of 27.

Lin Mo was always lending a helping hand to villagers who were in difficulties and thus gained love and respect for her many good deeds. Her knowledge of herbal medicine enabled her to cure the sick and she taught the villagers how to prevent diseases and ward off calamities. She was also familiar with the sea and was good at making astronomical observations and calculating weather changes. Lin Mo could tell when was the right time for sailors and fishermen to go to sea.

As her reputation spread and grew, so did the myths. It was said that she could ride the clouds across the ocean, and many times used her powers to save merchant ships and fishing boats. She was honoured several titles by different emperors of different dynasties - Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing. During the Qing Dynasty, she was ans was known as Tian Fei (Heavenly Princess), Tian Hou (Heavenly Empress) and Tian Shang Sheng Mu (Divine Mother of Heaven). She is also known as Ma Zu (or Ma Zhou and Matsu), Tian Hou Niang Niang and also, Ma Hou.

She is now worshipped as a sea goddess by Southern Chinese fishermen. No fisherman would leave the shore without invoking her blessings (for a safe voyage) and none would forget offering thanks after his safe return.
The statue of Tian Hou is normally accompanied by images of her 2 assistants, General Chien Li Yen (Eyes That See a Thousand Miles) and General Shun Feng Erh (Ears That Hear the Wind).

Visitors are to remove their footwear before entering the Temple.

Best Way to Visit - Take City Tour
A Full or a Hulf day private tour that allow a visit here and other places of interests of your preference.



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