Thean Hou Temple
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Vaishali Limaye
    Pune, India166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    KL view from the temple is amazing
    Beautiful Chinese temple - a little outskirts of the city but beautifully perched on a hill. You can see the skyline of KL from this temple. The temple itself is very beautiful - we loved the wonderfully carved dome where people offer essence sticks. We sat on the white colored benches for a long time and felt the peace in that temple.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Mavi5
    Invercargill, New Zealand93 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    We inadvertently times our morning visit at the same time as many bridal couples came to seek blessings and have their photos taken, so it was very busy but with added interest. It was worth taking a walk around outside the temple proper and seeing the water pools and gardens. The architectural detail is spectacular. Well worth a visit if you are looking for one Chinese temple to visit, or if you like to see the variations in detail between temples. The Chinese zodiac animals - with the birth years helpfully written beside -are a great photo opportunity and an added interest if you are travelling with children
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 July 2023
  • mosto
    Hong Kong, China4,084 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s THE temple to visit - beautiful
    This destination is not only for Buddhist, I think everyone will find it beautiful, serene and meaningful. It’s also colorful and has many beautiful spots for spectacular photos. I encourage all to go at least once. It’s on top of a hill and you can also view some parts of the city from the temple. The only negative thing I can say about this place is - try and avoid the toilets.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Haytham Abu Firas
    Qatar19,228 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buddhist Temple
    New experience to visit Buddhist Temple. Had a good stop at this place. Many believers, firing saint (Perfume), worship and check your luck, fortune and future. Seems marriage time, we saw 3 couples of bride and groom celebrating in there with their families.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 September 2023
  • TheLeongOhana
    United States7,455 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So Many Wedding Shoots
    The best way to get to the temple was via taxi since it was still a little walk from the nearest metro station. This was a multi story temple with a large stage and gathering area on the ground floor. We walked up the stairs to see the temple itself and were greeted with a lantern covered courtyard plus initials views of KL. We just had to avoid the multiple groups of wedding couples and their photographers. Some even had assistants and multiple sets of clothes for their photo shoots. We removed our shoes before entering the temple itself but at least photos were allowed. Inside was ornately decorated and lined with lots of small Buddha statues. The most unique feature was the rotating pillars of lit buddhas that seemed to shimmer as they turned. If you have time then go to the back of the temple. There were statues about the 24 Chinese filials and some of the stories were unusual (I.e breast feeding the mother in law). Also check out the huge Chinese chessboard and pieces on the side of the hill. A nice grouping of rabbit statues for CNY as well as all the Chinese zodiacs were off to the side of the temple. Well worth the side trip to this temple.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 October 2023
  • Komator
    Barcelona, Spain884 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Modern Chinesse Temple
    The Thean Hou Temple is a modern Chinese temple. It's located on a hill, from where you have a good view of Kuala Lumpur. If you've been to China and visited temples there, you might find it too modern and simple. However, it's still interesting and worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • LOAN PHẠM
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Colorful Traditional Temple
    It's a traditional temple in Kuala Lumpur. You can take a Grab to the temple. The temple is not too small but it's really beautiful and colorful. You can take a lot of nice photo here. It is a place worth visiting when visiting Kuala Lumpur.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 January 2024
  • fabelle
    Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful picturesque temple
    Beautiful picturesque temple. The Thean Hou Temple is a six-tiered temple of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu with Guan Yin Bodhisattva and Shui Wei Sheng Niang Goddess on each side. You can register for light offering that lasts for a year for good luck. Most convenient way to get to the temple is via taxi or grab.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 February 2024
  • Jojo Wan
    Knoxville, Tennessee16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gateway to the divine
    My brother brought my friend and I to visit this amazing temple. It is very crowded during Chinese New Year the traffic was so congested and we have to turn around. It is a very divine and spiritual place to visit for me as a Chinese descent.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 February 2024
  • Dan L
    Bunbury, Australia8,147 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ornate Buddhiust Temple
    Very colourful temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu and located atop a hill allowing views over parts of KL. Although Chinese New Year celebrations were complete there was still much ornate decor and lanterns remaining, all adding to the beauty of the building and area. The building is a grand structure and, according to literature, blends elements of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. It is imposing and features large pillars, ornate carvings and paintwork and spectacularly ornate tiled roofs. Red is the dominant colour throughout and complimented by gold coloured embellishments. Plenty of steps to negotiate if aiming for the top tier, we made it, but a struggle on old legs. The gardens add to the amenity, containing many statues of animals, Wishing Well, Tortoise Pons, Chinese Herbal Garden and statures of figures. The one con experienced; dirty toilets.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2024
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Absolute must do in KL, this temple makes for some spectacular photos at night (after 7pm) when the sun sets and the lanterns come on. Very beautiful temple with a few different spaces to explore.
Written 4 June 2024
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Abhirup H.
New Delhi, India177 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The place is not super great to be honest, but just good enough to visit and have a glimpse of a Chinese temple and its architecture. Great for casual visit for around hr.
Written 5 May 2024
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chappers56
Wrotham Heath, UK107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Well worth a visit and a spectacular building with great views. You can wander freely around, it was not too crowded and peaceful when we visited late afternoon.
Written 4 May 2024
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jebuc
Wombourne, UK407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Well worth a visit. On several floors. Not too crowded when we went in April .
Great architecture and very pleasant and peaceful atmosphere
Written 14 April 2024
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Dan L
Bunbury, Australia8,147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very colourful temple dedicated to the Chinese sea goddess Mazu and located atop a hill allowing views over parts of KL. Although Chinese New Year celebrations were complete there was still much ornate decor and lanterns remaining, all adding to the beauty of the building and area. The building is a grand structure and, according to literature, blends elements of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. It is imposing and features large pillars, ornate carvings and paintwork and spectacularly ornate tiled roofs. Red is the dominant colour throughout and complimented by gold coloured embellishments. Plenty of steps to negotiate if aiming for the top tier, we made it, but a struggle on old legs. The gardens add to the amenity, containing many statues of animals, Wishing Well, Tortoise Pons, Chinese Herbal Garden and statures of figures. The one con experienced; dirty toilets.
Written 1 April 2024
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Jojo Wan
Knoxville, TN16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
My brother brought my friend and I to visit this amazing temple. It is very crowded during Chinese New Year the traffic was so congested and we have to turn around.
It is a very divine and spiritual place to visit for me as a Chinese descent.
Written 28 February 2024
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fabelle
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Beautiful picturesque temple. The Thean Hou Temple is a six-tiered temple of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu with Guan Yin Bodhisattva and Shui Wei Sheng Niang Goddess on each side.
You can register for light offering that lasts for a year for good luck.
Most convenient way to get to the temple is via taxi or grab.
Written 20 February 2024
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Jerremyy Md.
Pasir Mas, Malaysia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
It's just beautiful. So so beautiful that I don't know how to describe the feeling when I walk the first step through the gate of Thean Hou. Highly rcm if you visit Kuala Lumpur.
Written 20 February 2024
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sydsin
Singapore, Singapore38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Beautiful photo spot. Great way to peer into local Chinese culture. Temple has free wifi too and shops to buy refreshments.
Written 27 January 2024
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LOAN PHẠM
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
It's a traditional temple in Kuala Lumpur. You can take a Grab to the temple.
The temple is not too small but it's really beautiful and colorful. You can take a lot of nice photo here. It is a place worth visiting when visiting Kuala Lumpur.
Written 8 January 2024
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