Sze Ya Temple‎, Kuala Lumpur

Sze Ya Temple‎, Kuala Lumpur

One of the most fascinating temples in Kuala Lumpur is the Sze Ya Temple. Located in China Town, this Taoist Temple is one of the city’s heritage sites. Cramped in the narrowest streets, the positioning and design of the Temple is in accordance to Feng Shui, giving the entire setup a bizarre architecture which is both admired and questioned.

The Sze Ya Temple is one of the few structures that commemorate one of the founding fathers of Kuala Lumpur. Built by Kapitan Yap Ah Loy in 1864, the building hasn’t changed much from the day it was constructed. With elaborate roof ridges, and ornate interiors, the temple is a reflection of the old Chinese style of architecture. The Temple pays tribute to the deity Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya, who are considered as the guardians of the immigrant Chinese miners.

It is believed that the entire burden of constructing this beautiful church was taken over by Loy and to honor that, a statue of the Kapitan still stands to the left of the main altar.

Having witnessed most of the city’s history, the Sze Ya Temple is one of the oldest Taoist Temples in the Kuala Lumpur.

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Sight Name: Sze Ya Temple‎
Sight Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Religious Places Kuala Lumpur   Daily Life   City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km

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