The Queen Of Heaven - Thean Hou
Thean Hou Temple is a Buddhist religion temple sitting at the top of a hill with fantastic view of Kuala Lumpur. Undoubtedly, it is one of the best Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur to visit. Upon entering the temple, along with the large statue of the goddess, you will see a collection of twelve animals. These twelve animals actually represent the Chinese astrology, mine sign is dog by the way, a honest person :)
Going forward, take the stairs to reach the main worship area. There you get to see three statues of three different goddess. On the right most is the goddess Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. On the left is Shui Wei Sheng Niang the Goddess of waterfront. And Goddess Tian Hou is in the center. The detail and color of each and every corner is very beautiful. It is a very peaceful location to sit and contemplate for a while.
If you wish to pray, everybody is allowed to worship. First you are advised to drop some donation, amount depends upon your wish to pay. Then you take three incense of equal size, light them up and go in front of each goddess with your prayer. One funny thing I noticed during my prayer, initially for few seconds I was confused what the prayer language should be? Yeh yeh, you can laugh and think of me as an idiot but it was my first time praying anything but Hindu god. Finally I found myself praying in Hindi, I guess because it's my mother tongue and Buddhism also started from India. I wonder whether Gods really care about the languages anyway :) All right, moving forward, put two incenses out of these three together in joss sticks burner situated up stairs and the last one you got to step down to the center of the temple.
Images of Thean Hau Temple
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Inside the temple you can pick one of the future telling sticks to know your fortune. Once you pick the stick see the number on it and then check the corresponding pink paper slips in the adjacent little compartments. After looking into your future. you can move at the right side of the temple where a smaller version of Guan Yin set amongst rocks and falling water. In order to receive the blessing from the statue you gotta to kneel.
How To Get To Thean Hou Temple
There is no direct bus service to the temple itself. It is advisable to hire a taxi straight away. The best thing you can do, if you are some where near to the KL sentral, buy a Thean Hou temple pre-paid taxi voucher and let the taxi driver find it for you. Anyway you shouldn't be facing any issue to find the taxi from any where in Kuala Lumpur to temple.
You can visit the temple when ever you wish to, but nothing can beat it's beauty of Wasek day!