Thean Hou Temple (or Tian Hou Temple) is a large Chinese (buddhist/taoist) temple built by the Hainanese community living in Kuala Lumpur. It was the first stop on our “shore excursion” day tour of KL. After arriving in Port Klang during our cruise to Malaysia, we hopped on the “shore excursion” bus and went straight to the Thean Hou Temple. It took only one hour from Port Klang to KL. Great to be back in Malaysia!

Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our tour bus for the day

Selangor & Federal Territory Hainan Association

Exteriors of the Thean Hou Temple

Giant Chinese zodiac animal statues at the temple grounds

Let’s see what it says about my zodiac animal … the rabbit

I had to google what “reticent” meant, haha. 

Multi-arched front entrance

Roof detail

Thean Hou Temple is a relatively new temple in KL. It has become a tourist attraction not because of its age but the grandeur of its architecture. I liked the ornate roofs and beautifully carved stone pillars the most. Even though there was a lot of busy architectural elements, the symmetry of the whole structure keep the temple’s balanced mood.

Altar inside the Thean Hou Temple

View of KL Tower and the Petronas Twim Towers peering out of trees and the roof of the Thean Hou Temple

Goddess Thean Hou 

The turtle pond found at the back was my favorite part of the Thean Hou Temple. It was my first time to see a pond full of little floating turtles. They were so so cute bumping into each other in the water with their bulbous shells and flimsy limbs. ^_^ I wanted take a handful of them home!

Floating turtles at the small pond

Stacked turtles