Thean Hou Temple Overview

Thean Hou Temple is one of Southeast Asia's largest and most magnificent temples. This 6-tiered temple incorporates Chinese architecture and style and is a combination of three beliefs: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Its location atop Robson Hill makes it an ideal spot to rest and relax while seeing the magnificent Kuala Lumpur skyline from behind the temple's stunning pagoda roofs.

The Thean Hou Temple is a six-tiered edifice with architecture that incorporates influences from Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. The temple is quite a gorgeous work of art, with columns with blazing dragons, brown tiled rooftops, and visually appealing pagoda-shaped roofing. Dedicated to the Chinese Sea Goddess - Mazu, Goddess of Mercy - Guan Yin, and Goddess of Waterfront - Shui Wei Sheng Niang, this temple draws both devotees and tourists alike.

The splendor of the temple is portrayed in vibrant hues, intense pigments, and striking contrasts that leave you speechless. Every feature of the temple is stunning, from the Kuan Yin fountain to the beautiful red pillars at the garden's entrance. A few statues in the courtyard depict the Chinese zodiac, and hundreds of orange hanging lanterns greet guests as they enter the main hall. On Level Four, the temple's prayer hall has three primary altars, each dedicated to a different goddess. A tortoise pond, Chinese Medicinal Herbs Garden, the Wishing Well, and a Bodhi tree are also part of the temple complex.

Thean Hou Temple hosts various events along with Taoism, Buddhism, and Chinese festivals, such as the Goddess Festival and Spring Festival, which draw a multitude of devotees and tourists from far and wide. It also has a marriage registration office, where several couples register their marriages and hold wedding ceremonies. The temple is set on a hill in Robson Heights, with spectacular views of the cityscape and Jalan Syed Putra. Visit the temple in the evening to observe the temple's charm intensify as the lanterns are illuminated.

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• Visit Thean Hou Temple to explore the architectural and religious significance of the temple which reflects a stunning combination of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism ideologies.
• Feel blessed by worshiping the Goddess of Mercy, the Chinese Sea Goddess, and the Goddess of the Waterfront.
• Witness the evening splendor of this 6-tiered temple as it is converted into a dazzling display with colorful lanterns and lights.
• Be astonished by the excellent Chinese architecture and be greeted by the Kuan Yin fountain and brilliant red pillars at the entryway.
• Spend a few minutes just admiring the cityscapes that unfold before you from the temple's higher levels, and you'll feel invigorated.
• Observe several artworks and sculptures that complement Chinese legends and the 12 Zodiac Signs on the temple grounds to know about Chinese traditions.
• Attend any of the temple's annual Chinese Festivals to learn about Malaysian Chinese culture.
• Enjoy some leisure by exploring the Chinese Medicinal Herbs Garden, the Wishing Well, and the Bodhi tree located on the site.

How To Reach

By Taxi/Car: From Kuala Lumpur City Center, the temple is a short 5-10 minute drive. The quickest and most convenient way to arrive at the temple is by car or taxi. If you're driving to the temple, there's a parking lot nearby.

By Train: The nearest train stations are Bangsar (LRT) and Mid Valley (KTM), both of which are around 2-3 kilometers from the temple. You can either walk the remainder of the distance, which will take around 25-30 minutes, or hire a taxi from the station.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Thean Hou Temple is before 8.45 am to avoid the crowd and beautiful weather. However, the temple looks stunning with the setting sun as it gets illuminated with hanging lanterns, but you will find it congested with devotees and more tourists. 

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Places to Stay near Thean Hou Temple

Ray Parc Hotel (1.3 km): This upscale 3-star hotel features well-appointed rooms with air conditioning, televisions, and private bathrooms. It provides modern services such as free Wi-Fi, parking, room service, housekeeping, front desk, restaurant, and more to its customers.

Cititel Mid Valley (3.3 km): This award-winning Klang Valley business hotel provides high-end comfort, affordability, and genuine hospitality. The stay here is peaceful, thanks to modern room facilities and a pleasant surroundings. It also adds to the enjoyment of the visit by providing a variety of activities and attractions.

The Boulevard - St. Giles Premier Hotel (2.2 km): This 4-star property is close to Mid Valley Megamall and offers a home away from home experience. This hotel also offers well-appointed and large accommodations, world-class services, and state-of-the-art facilities, including free Wi-Fi, parking, breakfast, room service, and 24-hour front desk.  

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Places to Visit near Thean Hou Temple

KL Bird Park (6.0 km)

Located in calm and scenic KL Lake Gardens, KL Bird Park is a well-known eco-tourism destination for bird lovers. It is home to roughly 3,000 local and international birds representing approximately 200 species. The park is divided into four zones: Zones 1 and 2 are free-flight zones, Zone 3 is the Hornbill Park, and Zone 4 contains cages and micro aviaries. Known as the world's largest free-flight walk-in aviary, KL Bird Park allows visitors to see colorful and melodious birds flying freely in a natural and well-kept environment.

Wei-ling Contemporary (4 km) 

Wei-Ling Contemporary is one of the most well-known art galleries in Malaysia, with a large collection of contemporary Malaysian artists. This gallery, which opened in 2002, showcases diverse art forms by various artists to help you understand Malaysian art and culture. Everything from drawings, sculptures, and prints to photographs is on display here under one roof. Wei-Ling Contemporary is a must-see site for art lovers and anyone interested in learning more about Malaysia's vibrant art scene.

Istana Negara (4.0 km)

Istana Negara is the official residence of Malaysia's King, who is also the country's head of state. While tourists are not able to enter Istana Negara, the yellow domed structure is appealing even from afar. The National Palace's beauty is enhanced by flying flags, strolling horses, and uniformed guards. The guard of change ceremony takes place twice a day outside the palace and is open to the public. This is a way for them to demonstrate to visitors their traditional practices and traditions.

Muzim Negara (3.6 km)

Malaysia's National Museum, or Muzium Negara, blends ethnology and natural history to showcase the country's diverse culture and legacy. At Muzium Negara, you may see crafts, weapons, currencies, traditions, and history. Located at Lake Garden's southern edge, this three-story building includes four exhibition galleries, each with a different theme. Besides its diverse collection, the museum's spectacular architecture and design are particularly noteworthy. Its facade features traditional Malay and modern elements, creating a unique charm.

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Tips to Visit for Thean Hou Temple

  • There is no dress code at the Thean Hou temple. Even so, it's advisable to wear modestly, covering your knees and shoulders.
  • It is critical to maintain a sense of decorum on temple grounds while also respecting their religious beliefs.
  • Don't forget to take in the stunning views of the cityscape from the temple's top floors.
  • Visit the temple in the evening for spectacular views of the illuminated temple.
  • Since scheduled tour buses arrive at the temple by 9 am, it is best to reach there before they arrive to enjoy the attractions without the crowds.

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Point of Interest for Thean Hou Temple
The Shrine

The Shrine

The shrine is the main prayer hall of the Thean Hou Temple, which is located on the top floor. It has three altars dedicated to the shrine's three goddesses, Goddess Mazu, Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin), and Goddess of Shui Wei. There is also a statue of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, where pilgrims kneel to seek blessings.

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24-Solar-Term Iron Paper-Cutting

24-Solar-Term Iron Paper-Cutting

Paper-cutting is one of China's oldest traditional arts and crafts. Similarly, the 24 solar terms are an ancient Chinese means of reflecting seasonal variations and serving as a guide to agriculture. Thean Hou Temple has built the country's first iron paper-cutting craft display zone based on the traditional Chinese calendar's 24 solar periods to draw public attention to these centuries-old traditions. They exhibit varied patterns that assist visitors to understand the 24 solar terms and are displayed in the order of spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

Fu Lu Shou

Fu Lu Shou

The three life-size statues of the three Gods are installed outside the Marriage Registration Office signifying Fortune, Prosperity, and Longevity. They are considered auspicious in Chinese astrology and mythology. Fu symbolizes good luck and peace, Lu represents power, authority, and wealth, and Shou represents good health and longevity.

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Chinese Chess Board

Chinese Chess Board

With a total length of 12.8 meters and a breadth of ten meters, this Chinese Chess Board was named Malaysia's Biggest Chinese Chess Set Replica on January 27, 2017. The overgrown slope beside the cultural activity center was transformed into this masterpiece in three months. The chessboard is made up of nine vertical and ten horizontal lines making 64 squares. It is divided into two groups of red and blue, each with 16 pieces.

Street Art

Street Art

In Thean Hou Temple, the two paintings that depict a pleasant event at home have become a favorite photo location among visitors. A mural of "pouring," full of rice, is painted on the side of the "Nostalgic House," symbolizing that there is enough food and clothing at home to help the family earn a lot of money. 

The Twenty-four Chinese Filial Exemplars

The Twenty-four Chinese Filial Exemplars

Thean Hou Temple has installed 24 Filial sculptures on the side of Ci Hui Court to promote the concept of filial piety prevalent in Chinese culture and Confucianism. These are special grade Gutian green stone sculptures that look grand in appearance. They were specially ordered and transported in from Fujian Province's Hui'an County. Each one weighs 1-3 tons and stands over 6' 8". They are one of Thean Hou Temple's most unique features, depicting the Chinese civilization's culture and virtues.

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Chinese Herb Garden

Chinese Herb Garden

Hundreds of Chinese medicinal herbs are being planted at the Thean Hou temple's Chinese Medicinal Garden to depict Goddess Mazu's tremendous compassion in helping the poor with herbal remedies. These include the lonicerae, rubiaceae, acanthaceae, melastomataceae, and asteraceae families, with a focus on planting native tropical herbs to fulfill the garden's intrinsic value. There are signages installed alongside the plants to assist people to understand the herbs completely. The signs have the scientific name, plant characteristics, and medical effects.

Chinese Zodiac

Chinese Zodiac

In the garden to the right of the temple's main building is a lovely exhibition of traditional Chinese art forms. It consists of 12 statues that symbolize Chinese zodiac signs and represent the culture of the country. The English captions next to each zodiac sign help foreign visitors in understanding the meaning and significance of the 12 zodiac signs, including a dragon, tiger, rabbit, sheep, horse, etc.

Serenity Garden

Serenity Garden

Serenity Garden is the first thing that greets you as you enter Thean Hou Temple's main building. With the large space available to sit and relax, it is a perfect location for spending some quality time with family in the middle of tranquility and natural beauty. It has a wishing pond, where visitors and locals line up to make wishes. Some people also practice Tai Chi in the garden to keep their bodies and minds in good shape. For offering relaxation and peace, this garden is also known as 'Yi Xin Yuan', meaning a relaxing spot.

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