Top 8 religious sites that deserve a visit in Kuala Lumpur

Top 8 religious sites that deserve a visit in Kuala Lumpur
UPDATED: 25 Jan 2018 10 Views

Known as multi-religious and multicultural country in Asia, you can easily find a hundreds-year religious site nestled among skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur. If you have the chance to travel the capital of Kuala Lumpur, here are 8 most famous religious sites that you should not miss.

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Masjid Negara (National Mosque)

Housed in a lovely garden, the Masjid Negara is considered the symbol of Islam in the country. This blue mosque was built in 1965, consisting of a main prayer hall with 48 small domes and a 73m-high minaret. Inside the building is a beautiful combination of art and calligraphy, abstract shapes and geometric lattice; the walls is adorned with verses from the Koran. Visitors must be polite and dress appropriately when visiting the mosque.

Masjid Negara in Kuala Lumpur (via Wikimedia Commons) Masjid Negara in Kuala Lumpur (via Wikimedia Commons)

Thean Hou Temple

One of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia, Thean Hou Temple was built by the Chinese in 1984. Its design is a successful combination of contemporary and traditional architecture with complex motifs and ornate carvings and murals.

Inside the pagoda are decorated with many Buddha images enshrined in the octagonal hall. The statue of Thean Hou is placed in the main hall, between the statue of Goddess of the Waterfront and the Goddess of Mercy. There is also a turtle pond, a well and herbs garden in the temple’s ground.

Thean Hou Temple (via Kuala Lumpur Landmarks) Thean Hou Temple (via Kuala Lumpur Landmarks)

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

Chan See Shu Yuen is known as both a temple and community center of Kuala Lumpur. Built as an ancient house for the Chan, Chen and Tan families, this temple is different from others because of typical open courtyard, dome and specially-crafted terracotta friezes with monumental Chinese history and mythological scenes.

The interior is decorated with red pillars with scenes of gold-painted warriors battling lions, dragons and other mythical creatures. The temple is only 15-minute walk from Pasar Seni LRT station.

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple (via Malaysia Travel, Vacation and Tourism) Chan See Shu Yuen Temple (via Malaysia Travel, Vacation and Tourism)

Putra Mosque

Located about 45 minutes from the city center of KL, Putra Mosque is considered to be the most prominent landmark of Putrajaya and one of the most famous contemporary mosques in the world. Facing the beautiful Putrajaya Lake, the mosque was inspired by Persian Islamic architecture during the Safavid period with pink granite. One of the highlights of the mosque is the 116 m-high tower with five floors representing the Five Pillars of Islam. The Putra Mosque can be easily reached by taking the ERL Transit train, boarding at Putrajaya Station and the mosque is a 10-minute taxi ride away.

Putra Mosque (via Kuala Lumpur) Putra Mosque (via Kuala Lumpur)

Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Near KL Sentral, Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. Decorated with beautiful Spanish and Italian bricks, precious stones and gold, this temple is located between two Buddhist temples at the edge of Chinatown and can be reached by walking from Petaling Street. The temple has 228 Hindu statues recreated from scenes in the Ramayana epic, while the interior is decorated with beautiful hand-painted motifs depicting stories from early Hinduism.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple (via VIVID Travel) Sri Mahamariamman Temple (via VIVID Travel)

Hindu Sri Kandaswami Kovil Temple

Built in 1902, the Hindu Sri Kondaswamy Kovil Temple is a colorful temple in Brickfields, Little India. As one of the most important Hindu temples in Malaysia, photography is strictly prohibited in the temple. However, visitors can take pictures at the temple’s gate.

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is considered the oldest temple in Kuala Lumpur, as well as the cultural center for the Chinese community of the city, especially in festivals like the Lunar New Year. It was built in 1864 by Yap Ah Loy to worship the gods Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya. The temple has a main prayer hall and two smaller halls. A unique practice in the temple is crawling under a table right in front of the statue of Sin Sze Ye and Sze Ye to help lessen mortal burdens. People also believe that walking around the main altar of the temple three times will bring good luck.

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple (via The Complete City Guide) Sin Sze Si Ya Temple (via The Complete City Guide)

Holy Rosary Church

Built in 1904, is a beautiful Neo Gothic-style building, catering to the Chinese Catholic community in the city. Just about 10-minute walk from KTM Kuala Lumpur, this is one of the few well-protected religious buildings in KL after the World War II. However, the Holy Rosary Church is opened only on weekends and visitors are only allowed to take pictures in the outside of the church.

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