Kuala Lumpur is a melting pot of cultures, and as such has a large amount of religious sites to explore; from Hindu temples and mosques to Buddhist temples. But even if religious sites are not your to go to activity when exploring a city, there is one particular temple that you might want to include on your Bucket List: the Thean Hou temple. A 6-tier temple, rich in colors and offering an impeccable view over Kuala Lumpur, truly one of the most beautiful temples I have seen in Southeast Asia. The Thean Hou Temple is one of the largest temples in Malaysia and Southeast Asia and was not completed till 1987; officially opening its doors in 1989. Since then it has been a popular site visited by hundreds of tourists on a daily basis. Intrigued? Find more info on visiting the Thean Hou Temple below.
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How to get to the Thean Hou Temple
Option 1 (for the budget travelers), via public transport – Kuala Lumpur has quite an extensive public transport network, making it easy to make your way through the city on a budget. And the best thing is, it is fairly cheap. From wherever you are located in the city find a metro or monorail to KL Sentral. Prices are depending on your location but I would say are roughly between 1 – 4 MYR per person, one way; you can use Google Maps for an accurate price of your trip. From here it is a 30 min walk (including the last 700m uphill) to the temple. The walk will take you through little India, over a highway and to the hill where the temple is located. I would recommend using Maps.me for an accurate walking route on your phone to be sure you won’t get lost on your way!
Example cost from Bukit Bintang: Monorail ticket one way 2.5 MYR.
Thean Hou Temple – Know Before You Go
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Where to stay in kuala lumpur
For budget travelers – Use Hostelworld.com to find the perfect (budget) hostel for you. I have stayed multiple times in a dorm room in the Reggae Mansion, and could definitely recommend it to budget travelers who love to party. The hostel offers large and spacious pod-style dorms with large lockers for all your lockers. The hostel also has a restaurant, a small cinema and a rooftop bar, with a great view, that is opened daily.
For any type of traveler – Another great option for any traveler is to use AirBnB to find affordable but quality accommodation. There is a large offer available on AirBnB. We have stayed at this AirBnB, and for the same price as a private room in a mid range hotel we now had a pool and a gym to us available, an amazing view from the 24th floor in a top notch location with only a 5 min walk away from public transport, a large shopping district and food courts. And to make it even better, you can now book this or any other AirBnB with a 30$ discount by clicking here!
For the big spenders and luxury seekers – Booking.com offers a large range of luxury hotels in the city with pools, gyms, breakfasts included and much much more. Have a look at the accommodation in Kuala Lumpur on the map below.
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I hope you enjoyed reading this post about the Thean Hou temple. Let me know in the comments down below if you are planning on adding the Thean Hou Temple to your next bucket list! Don’t forget to read my full travel guide to Peninsular Malaysia as well if you are planning on visiting this beautiful country or check out all our articles on Malaysia here.