Some of the most popular temples to visit in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur’s multi-ethnic culture is reflected in their diversity of temples, which include Hindu, Islamic and Buddhist temples. If you would like to experience and learn more about the city’s religious groups or culture, a visit to their temples would probably be a good start. Here are some of the popular temples to visit in KL, best representing the various religious groups.
- Batu Caves Temple – The Batu Caves is a 400 million years old limestone hill comprising of two main caves along with many other smaller ones. The caves are home to Hindu temples, consisting of many mythological paintings and sculptures. This century old Kuala Lumpur temple is one of the most popular temple in KL, attracting devotees from all over the world to come here for their prayers, especially during the festival of Thaipussam. At the entrance of the temple, is a huge 140 ft tall statue of Lord Murugan, to whom the temple is dedicated. There is also the Dark Cave, which is located just below the main Temple Cave. It has many gorgeous rock formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
- Jamek Mosque – Also known as Friday Mosque, the Masjid Jamek Mosque is said to be the oldest Islamic mosque in Kuala Lumpur. Built in 1907, the mosque was the main place to offer prayers for the local Islamic community for many years, until the national mosque was built. The mosque was designed around an Indo-Islamic, Mughal architectural style, and every year many tourists and locals flock over to witness its amazing beauty.
- Sri Mahamariamman Temple – Built in 1873, it was named after Mariamman – the Hindu deity who was said to be the protector of the Hindus as they were moving to a foreign place. This beautiful architectural temple is said to be one of the oldest Hindu temple in KL. It has incorporated Italian and Spanish designs on their tiles, gold and precious stones. During the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, the temple’s silver chariot is used to carry the statues of deities to the Batu Caves Temple. The temple poses a beautiful picture for photography lovers, due to its stand out design.
- Thean Hou Temple – This temple was inaugurated in 1989 by the Hainanese people in devotion of Goddess of Thean Hou. The temple has four floors – the main temple is on the topmost level where the religious ceremonies are held. The second floor has the banquet hall where weddings and other events take place, on level 3 are the offices and the marriage bureau and the food court and the souvenir shops are on level 1. The main hall is designed with dragon murals and intricately designed ceilings. This hilltop temple also offers a great view of the city.
These are come of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular temples, you got to visit them when you are here!
Temples in Kuala Lumpur
Batu Caves Temple
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
Jamek Mosque Kuala Lumpur
Thean Hou Temple
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