Chinese New Year at Thean Hou Temple

Chinese New Year at Thean Hou Temple

The famous Thean Hou Temple was one of our destinations during the recent family trip in KL.

thean hou temple

To be honest, I never knew about this temple before. All along, I thought Kek Lok Si at Penang Island is the only “happening” temple during Chinese New Year.

thean hou temple entrance

Thean Hou Temple is one of the biggest Chinese temples around Kuala Lumpur and is also a favourite tourist location.

thean hou temple banner

Like any other religious places and Chinese temples, especially, it’s a common tradition to put up a massive number of red lanterns to usher the grand Chinese New Year.

thean hou temple rood edge

Lanterns here, lanterns there, lanterns everywhere. You won’t miss a single one wherever you are.

As you follow the directions to the prayer hall at the higher floor, there are lines of lanterns hung up along the roofs.

And when you reach the prayer place, you’ll see even more lanterns.

thean hou temple red lanterns 1

thean hou temple red lanterns 2

And more people too – mainly consists of devotees, praying for a better year, and travelers, witnessing the culture.

thean hou temple prayer hall

While my parents also went to pray, I walked around and took photos.

thean hou temple lanterns deco 2

The photo above is taken from a higher level. I wished I could have visited during the night to see the lanterns light up.

thean hou temple tower

thean hou temple kuala lumpur

From that higher floor, the KL Tower and Petronas Twin Towers can be seen.

thean hou temple big bell

A big huge bell hung on the ceiling. I wonder if anyone still uses it, or it’s just for decoration purpose.

thean hou temple roof

Anyway, by looking at Thean Hou Temple’s grand architecture and the number of visitors, it’s undeniably a popular tourist attraction. The art sculptures on the edge of the roofs makes it even more distinctive.

Beside the temple, there’s an open-space park nearby with statues of Chinese animal zodiacs.

thean hou temple dragon

While the rest took photos with their respective animals, I got mine. The dragon is such a beauty right?

Also within the temple’s compound is an interesting looking structure.

thean hou temple stage

Looks like an up-side down semi pyramid to me, but if you look properly – it’s actually a stage with a funny roof.

So yeah, there’s nothing much to talk about Thean Hou Temple – this entry serves mainly as a photo sharing session for those who’ve never visited the temple during the Chinese New Year festival.

It’s quite easy to get there since it’s near Mid Valley City – located off Jalan Syed Putra. Google Map for exact location and address.

thean hou temple lanterns deco 1

So… Happy Belated Chinese New Year? ;)

Stay tuned!



19 thoughts on “Chinese New Year at Thean Hou Temple

  1. Been to this temple last year and I thought it was not as good as I expected. Maybe because the last time I went was when I was still a kid and that time, it looked kinda impressive to me : )

  2. If you like temples, come to Sibu… We have the biggest in South-east Asia – combining Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. I haven’t been there – not into temples.

  3. hi just dropping. the semi-pyramid structure is actually a scale model of the China Pavilion in Shanghai during the expo. interesting building =)

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