Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur

Thean Hou Temple
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This ornate Chinese temple dedicated to the Queen of Heaven, Thean Hou, protectorate of people who make their living from the sea. The temple borrows from Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian traditions. Some visitors believe the panoramic views of KL alone make the trip up the hill worthwhile.
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Pedroo
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia16 contributions
use grab taxi
May 2021
very colorful taoist temple... it's located on top of hill... commands nice view of KL but access not easy without self driving. recommends you to takes grab at Midvalley Shopping Mall, which is very near... you may use same taxi on the way back. difficult to call grab there.
Written 7 June 2021
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Krithika
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My favorite in KL!
Jan 2020
Calm, Serene and Beautiful. These 3 adjectives make this place my favorite one in KL.

As the sun sets and the lanterns are lit, this beautiful temple perched atop a hill will provide you with an experience like no other in the city of KL.
Written 24 August 2020
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LorTingWei@SEU338E
Penang Island, Malaysia102 contributions
Family Trip During CNY
Feb 2020
For me, it is considered as one of the largest Chinese Temple in KL and have a beautiful view inside this temple. A good time to visit this temple is during the sunset, but most probably people will visit during CNY. If you would like to drop a visit during CNY, it is advise to start your journey as early as possible.
Written 17 April 2020
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Jazzy1995
London, UK100 contributions
Beautiful temple in KL!
Feb 2020
One of the largest and oldest Chinese temples in KL, and most beautiful! Enormous temple with stunning views. Do not miss this! Good time to go is sunset.
Written 6 April 2020
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treeclimber
Garstang, UK209 contributions
Peaceful haven
Feb 2020
What a total opposite to the disgraceful dump that is the Hindu Batu Caves that we visited earlier in the day .
It is amazing how different religions and attitudes can be so different
This beautiful temple is immaculately maintained and has a peaceful ambiance .
Set on a hill top it has stunning views across the city .
Grab a Grab and make this one of your must sees whilst in KL.
Written 25 March 2020
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Mark J
Melbourne, Australia26 contributions
Group trip with friends
Mar 2020
This was not initially on our tour. However our driver suggested it seeing we had already been to Petronas towers. What a great place set up on a hill giving you great views. Our driver spent time explaining the traditions of the temple and pointed out a number of items of interest. He had plenty of time for us and happily drooped us at the Police museum to continue our tours.
Written 22 March 2020
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK4,120 contributions
one of my favourite places in Kuala Lumpur - do not miss this beautiful temple!
Mar 2020
A beautiful colourful temple with great views overlooking the city through the Ornate Chinese Arch. The temple is surrounded by lovely gardens with lots of statues. The main shrine of the temple is located on the second floor of the large central building. The courtyard, which is very colourful with dozens of red paper lanterns slung all across the top, leads into the main prayer hall. Shoes must be removed to enter. The inside of the temple is intricately decorated with hundreds of small idols along with three large idols.

Soooo much to see here! and soooo many beautiful little areas to explore. Of course there is the main courtyard area in front of the temple with the hundreds of red lanterns strung everywhere, then inside the temple and up the stairs to the pagodas with views of the city. But sooo many other highlights, such as the the 12 zodiac animals at the front and main gates with giant rat statues for year of the rat, the lovely small peaceful garden area at the back to the left, then the 24 colourful statues of the filial sons at the back! Lots of other art and stuff to see here too! Another favourite of mine was the rainbow steps leading down to the back right of the temple to infront of the giant chessboard and all the colourful information towers. The painted hearts here on the tree stumps are so cute too!

We visited on a sunday afternoon and it was busy with hundreds of tourists and a couple of wedding parties. However the site is so large, we were easily able to wander away from the crowds and find some secluded corners. Plus, with a little patience, we were able to take so many incredible photos.

Free entry. Spend 1-2 hours here to take advantage of the hundreds of amazing photo opportunities. 25 minutes walk from Brickfields, although Grabs are just so cheap why walk up the hill! A Grab to Brickfields afterwards was only 10MYR.

Sooo many beautiful things to see here, make this a priority on any trip to Kuala Lumpur! I don't often go back to touristy places, but if I'm ever in KL again I will be returning to this beautiful temple, possibly at sunset as this is also recommended.
Written 18 March 2020
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IRHS
Rochester191 contributions
Beautiful temple with great views
Feb 2020
I visited on a Sunday morning during Chinese new year so everything was decorated with hundreds of lanterns. They were having group weddings which I entered by mistake, but they directed me to go up to the main temple. Beautiful and very well kept.

My only concern was that I took a taxi and wasn't sure how I was going to get one when I left. I got really lucky in that when I approached the road a taxi was just letting someone out. Otherwise I would have had quite a walk.
Written 8 March 2020
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Arlene S
Zihuatanejo, Mexico195 contributions
A wonderful place to visit.
Mar 2020
This is a beautiful temple and a worthwhile place to visit. You can learn about your animal sign and explore the temple.
Written 8 March 2020
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Tim B
Bunbury, Australia26 contributions
OTT but Great!
Mar 2020
If over-the-top decoration is your thing then you will find Thean Hou amazing! It really is very colourful! Don't forget to climb all the stairs and stairways to take in the whole place in its OTT splendour.
Written 4 March 2020
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