The Thean Hou Temple.
Living in this country, almost all my life, it had never occurred to me that there are so many places in Malaysia that i have yet to visit. To think about it, i would always come up with doltish and petty excuses like, ‘it is too hot’ or ‘what for? Surely, it won’t be fascinating’….. only to be proven wrong (at times). And consequently, i’d always find myself in a shopping mall doing what i do best: squandering my money on something i barely need and other times, at overly priced cafés with exceedingly mediocre food. It is an appalling habit that i have somewhat curbed.
Thing is, i love going to Bali and Thailand and i go to Singapore very often. All, very much share the same heat and here i am, coming up with excuses like ‘it is hot’? Really? I was honestly voluntarily roasting my ass under the sun when i was in Bali. And i have soon to realise that it is definitely unbecoming of me to see all the wrong in this country and not give it enough credit for the good things it has to offer. Truthfully, the grass is not always greener on the other side. I realise that if i do not teach myself to be appreciative of the things in life, even the littlest things, there is always something to grumble about and what good could come out from that? Sure, while i very much concur with the fact that there are plentiful of improvements that can be done in this country, i am well aware that i have not truly given myself the chance to truly explore it in its entirety. After all, despite everything, Malaysia will always be my home.
So, i am going to start this very series whereby i’d pick a few places every now and then for me to explore (possibly, every week), take some pictures and share it with you. I am sure, most of you know these places but i am just going to do it anyway. Because i am sure there are some who don’t and also, predominantly, just to prove to myself and to many others, that like many other countries in this world, Malaysia is as beautiful.
To start with: Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur.
It is one of the oldest and largest temples in Southeast Asia and located somewhere at the Old Klang Road. Upon my arrival, i was incredibly mesmerised by the vibrant colours of the Thean Hou temple and it has to be one of the most beautiful temples i have ever been to. We had to climb a few flight of stairs that left me almost out of breath but it was certainly worth the effort. Beautiful is truly an understatement. And no, there was no entrance fee.
Here’s a quick info: It is said that it is dedicated to Thean Hou, a goddess said to protect fishermen. It is also the place where the Buddhists worship the Goddess of Mercy. And it was built in 1894.
I am so eager to unravel more hidden gems in this city. If you have any suggestions, do not hesitate to tell me!