Thean Hou Temple (天后宫)

Thean Hou Temple 1


It’s the eve of Chinese New Year 2017, the year of the Fire Rooster. Wishing all Chinese and Chinese New Year celebrants Happy Chinese New Year.


Families will get together for a family (reunion) dinner, to mingle, to celebrate this important festivity and joyous occasion within traditional Chinese culture. Some will choose to host the dinner at home (not a bad choice given the current tough economic times) while others may prefer to have it at one of their favourite Chinese restaurants. Regardless, there will be plentiful of food and  beverages served to celebrate and usher in the new year. After dinner, there will be folks within the Klang Valley who will visit the Tian Hou Temple to pay respects to the gods and pray for good luck and fortune in the new year.

The Thean Hou Temple is about 4km south west of central Kuala Lumpur. Set on a hill, it is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia. Dedicated to Tian Hou (The Goddess of Heaven), this six-tiered syncretic temple with elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism is a grandiose structure representing a successful combination of authentic traditional design and modern architectural techniques featuring imposing pillars, spectacular roofs, ornate carvings and intricate embellishments.

Thean Hou Temple 2

Dragon-inspired motifs, pagoda rooftops and red pillars in symmetrical configuration feature prominently in the overall design, culminating in an extravagant prayer hall with three altars. A multi-arched red pillared gateway entrance symbolizing prosperity and good fortune welcomes one into this beautiful temple. Funded by the KL’s Hainanese Chinese community, construction started in 1984, and officially opened on 3rd September 1989.

Photos: Fujifilm X-E2 with XF 35mm and XF 55-200mm

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