The Thean Hou Temple is a distinct and unmistakeable six-tiered building built to the Chinese style of architecture prevalent in the region. Comparatively new in its design and construction, the temple saw its beginnings in 1985, reaching completion in 1987. Though fairly new in its construction, its dragon-like pillars and sweeping, curvy roofs somehow convey the sense of a building that has been there since antiquity. The centre of the temple is a shrine dedicated to the goddess Thean Hou; a guardian deity of the Chinese Buddhist devotees in that region, standing between the other lesser deities, the Goddess of the Waterfront and the Goddess of Mercy.
The temple of Thean Hou is divided to four large tiered levels, each with a specific function. There is a nice souvenir shop and a food court at the first level, where you can rest and relax a bit upon arrival, and maybe pick up a gift or two. At the second level things get a bit more interesting as it is a vast banquet hall where you may come across a traditional Chinese wedding or a Buddhist festival in full swing. The topmost tier is the abode of the goddess and is the most sacred hallows within the temple of Thean Hou, which you will find to be breathtaking in its sacred grandeur. Since it is on top of a hillside the view of Kuala Lumpur below is quite a sight as well, especially if you come around sundown.
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