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“Huge & lovely Chinese Temple, unexpected tortoise bonus out back”
Review of Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple
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Kuala Lumpur City Highlights Tour
Ranked #14 of 316 things to do in Kuala Lumpur
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This ornate Chinese temple dedicated to the Queen of Heaven, Thean Hou, protectorate of people who make their living from the sea. The temple borrows from Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian traditions. Some visitors believe the panoramic views of KL alone make the trip up the hill worthwhile.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 31, 2011

Thean Hou is a lovely Buddhist temple in the classical Chinese style, built on several levels. We had a private tour guide (well worth it if you are travelling with family - our private guide for 3 people was cheaper than 3 seats on a group tour bus) who told us the history and interesting details about the temple.
The gardens out front feature lots of statuary, including a garden of sculptures representing the Chinese horoscope.
But the best part was out the back, a gorgeous shady pond area full of tortoises. It seems some people believe tortoises represent longevity, so when a child is born, the family buys a little tortoise and donates it to the temple, to wish the child a long life. A lovely tradition, and the tortoises are well fed and cared for. While we were there, some visitor had tried to feed the tortoises bread - please don't do this, bread is not good for them and they are well fed on proper greens twice a day.
Our guide said we could pick up the wee tortoises and admire them - my sons loved this interactive experience - even going so far as to step carefully into their enclosure to choose an animal, then step quickly out. It was good to have a local person advise us on whether this was OK, or we might not have attempted it for fear of being told off. Actually, without our guide, we would never have known the tortoise enclosure was there, or the charming story behind it.

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Reviewed October 10, 2011

This was one of my favourite places I visited during my tour of South East Asia - it was definitely my favourite attraction/temple. I really loved it, when we went there weren't many visitors and it felt really calm and serene. It was so beautiful and easily the best place to go in KL - the view of the rest of the city is breathtaking and you can see the Petronas and the KL tower from here. We were lucky enough to catch the sunset and that was just something else altogether - I have a real thing about sunsets but this was really one of the best I have ever seen in my whole life. When we were leaving the whole place started to get lit up with little fairy lights - the Thean Hou is somewhere I will never forget for the rest of my life!
There is a lovely wee garden with all the Chinese horoscope animals and some great wee trinket stores in the basement - but pricey, but if you like all those sorts of things I would get them here, they are quite hard to pick up in other places especially if you don't have time to go to the markets, like we didn't.
This is top of my list for the next time I am back in KL - I loved it!

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Reviewed February 11, 2010

I am not chinese, but feel this is a must visit when in KL. Can't believe the rating here! Especially good near chinese new year (although very busy) with lion dances and lots of people visiting to offer thanks. Just wandering around will take time - but also the little shops beneath the temple are great for souvenirs. Spectacular views across to the Petronas towers -especially from the roof area - the view is actually in many guide /travel books!

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