Religious Places Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a very religious city where people flock to their places of worship in great numbers. Also, Kuala Lumpur has many religious communities of diverse religious convictions living in it. This makes for a great variety of places of worship. Take the tour below to visit some of the most significant places of worship in Kuala Lumpur.
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Religious Places Kuala Lumpur Map

Guide Name: Religious Places Kuala Lumpur
Guide Location: Malaysia » Kuala Lumpur (See other walking tours in Kuala Lumpur)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Author: valery
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St Mary's Cathedral

1) St Mary's Cathedral

Standing humbly at Jalan Raja is the Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin also known as the St. Mary’s Cathedral.

The initial structure was built in 1887, and the Church was made entirely of timber. The Church acted as the central point for all the Anglicans around the area to gather and offer their prayers and take part in other spiritual activities. However, with a capacity to accommodate only 95 people, the wooden church soon fell short for its growing number of its parish members. In 1893, the decision to make a bigger church was passed and the hunt for the perfect architect and design started. Although many contenders came forth with their ideas and concepts none managed to get a unanimous approval and the responsibility was soon given to the Chief Government architect A.C. Norman who proposed a simple yet classic structure inspired by traditional English Gothic architecture. A sum total of $5000 was allotted for the construction of the new building. Apart from that local philanthropists, Yap Kwan Seng and Thamboosamy Pillay, made tremendous contributions for building the Church.

The pipe organ that resides in the St. Mary’s Cathedral is also worthy of notice. Built by the famous 19th century organ maker, Henry Wills, the organ is definitely one of a kind.
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Jamek Mosque

2) Jamek Mosque

Within the urban skyscrapers, tucked amidst the serene landscape of palm trees is the beautiful Masjid Jamek. Located at the point where the two rivers, Sungei Klang and the Sungei Gombak meet, the Masjid provides an ambiance of tranquility and quiet in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

Thronged with worshippers on Fridays and with tourists the rest of the days, the Masjid Jamek is a sight one cannot afford to miss in Kuala Lumpur. In its white and brick red appearance with its old school architecture, the Masjid looks quite distinct in the concrete mechanized surrounding. Designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, this building too draws inspiration from the architectural blend that swept the Indian sub-continent.

Built in the early years of the 20th century, the Masjid was inaugurated by the Sultan of Selangor in 1907. For over a century now the Masjid has been the central point for city. For a long time, the Masjid Jamek was the main mosque of Kuala Lumpur. This title was later transferred to the National Mosque that came into existence in 1965. Apart from being the oldest mosque in the city, the Masjid is also the point from where the city of Kuala Lumpur came into being. The Mosque was built at the very site where the early settlers are believed to have settled.
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Sze Ya Temple‎

3) Sze Ya Temple‎

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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Khoon Yam Temple

4) Khoon Yam Temple

The Khoon Yam Temple was built in the late 1800s by an unknown architect for the Hokkien Cemetery. For a brief period, the temple was managed by a Chinese monk. and was called the Deng Bi An. Since its establishment, the temple has seen a steady rise in the number of devotees and was renovated about 40 years ago.

The area surrounding the temple has seen a lot of development and today is one of the commercial areas of the city of Kuala Lumpur. Inspite of the tall rise office buildings and busy shopping malls in the vicinity, the Khoon Yam Temple is a place of serenity and peace. No wonder, many office goers visit the temple in their lunch hours and enjoy a light vegetarian lunch here. The exteriors of the temple have a unique Chinese Baroque style to them and have characteristic excessive ornamentation. The interiors are grand yet simple. The temple welcomes you with a smiling Buddha, then Guanyin with Thousand Hands and the impressive three statues of Buddha. The ceilings and walls are decorated with other small statues. A recent renovation has given the temple a larger hall for worship and makes the place even more peaceful. Do visit the Khoon Yam Temple for some quiet and some time away from the running around of our daily lives.
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Guan di Temple

5) Guan di Temple

Along Jalan Tun H.S.Lee, is a quiet temple built in honour of the Taoist God of War, Guan Di. Also known as Guan Yu, or General Kwan, Guan Di is widely worshipped in China and all over the world.

This Guan Di temple in Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur was built in 1888 and houses some idols made of wood, a rare occurrence in Chinese temples. After entering the small compound of the temple, you come across two fierce looking temple guards and formidable lions made of stone, to keep evil spirits at bay. Once you enter the temple, you are welcomed by the fragrance of the spiral incense sticks hanging from the ceiling. At the altar of Guan Di, you can find a gentle God of War sitting in a green robe. He holds his weapon, the vajra, in his right hand. Devotees pray to Guan Di for happiness and protection.

As per Chinese beliefs, touching a weapon such as a sword repeatedly brings good luck. Also, the bigger the weapon, the more is the luck it brings. Therefore, twice a year, devotees are allowed to touch Guan Di’s weapon staff. The 24th day of the 6th month of the Chinese calendar marks the feast of Guan Di, which is celebrated with great pomp every year at this temple. You can witness a variety of offerings and even a lion dance, if you visit the temple on this day.
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Sri Mahamariamman Temple

6) Sri Mahamariamman Temple (must see)

Kuala Lumpur in itself is a culmination of brewing together different cultures and people. The resultant of this rich blend of ideas, philosophies and heritage coming from different cultures and parts of the world is what makes it a fascinating place to visit and a tourist’s paradise. Another effect of cosmopolitan culture can be seen in the architecture and heritage of the city. One such example is the Sri Mahamariamman Temple.

Built in 1873, this enchanting temple is the oldest functioning Hindu Temple in Malaysia. Founded by K. Thamboosamy Pillai, a pre-independence Tamil settler and one of the most prominent figures in the Tamil community in the country, the Temple was initially used exclusively by the Pillai family. It was not until the 1920s that they opened the doors so that it could become a place of worship for many immigrants from countries like India.

One of the most striking features of the Sri Mahamariamman is its dramatic tower filled with intricate sculptures of the various Hindu deities – a whopping 228 idols. Known as the ‘gopuram’, the tower is dedicated to the deity Mariamman, protector of all those in distant lands to preserve them from the evils of the world. This temple is especially relevant because the procession at Thaipusam (Hindu festival) during the month of February starts from here.

Tip:
Entry is free, but ladies need to cover properly and shoes must be removed and stored on the side for a small tip (bring wet wipes for your feet to avoid getting socks dirty).
Friday afternoon prayer time is an exciting experience; watching the ritual, and all the music to go with it.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am–12pm / 4:30–8:30pm (Fridays until 9.30pm, Saturdays until 9pm)
Opening hours sometimes differ during special festivals
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Chan She Shu Yuen Temple

7) Chan She Shu Yuen Temple

The Chan She Shu Yuen Temple started off as the Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Association over a hundred years ago and has strong historical ties with Kuala Lumpur. It is one of the few surviving clan houses in the city of Kuala Lumpur, the house of the Yuen family. When people migrated from China to Kuala Lumpur, the Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Association was the home for those who had Chan, Chen and Tan surnames since they had ancestral ties with the Yuen. The Clan House gave the migrants initial refuge and helped them establish themselves in the city.

In the late 1890s, the Clan House began construction of a new building that was completed in 1906. Built in Chinese Baroque style on Petaling Street in the Chinatown, the construction went through many hardships which were documented. All men and materials required for the construction came from China. The result of this painstaking endeavor are beautiful carvings in wood, limestone and stone, curved ceramic glazed tiles and the Chinese motifs on the tiles of the Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Temple, as we know it today. The worship hall, called the De Xing Hall in Chinese, honours the ancestors of the Yuen family. This beautiful temple is open from 8 am to 5 pm seven days a week and has no admission fees. So, when you plan to visit the Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, put the Chan She Shu Yuen Temple on the must-visit list.
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Guan Yin Temple

8) Guan Yin Temple

Built in the 19th century by early Chinese and Cantonese settlers, the Kuan Yin Temple is the first temple to be constructed in Georgetown, Penang. Originally called the Kong Hock Keong temple or the Cantonese-Hokkien Temple, the Temple was the hub for not only religious functions but also social gathering and merriment.

The Temple was built in honor of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. With thousand eyes and a thousand hands, she is said to keep a close eye on all her devotees and worshipers. As legend has it, Kuan Yin was a devout Buddhist who was on her way to Nirvana, or salvation. However, Kuan Yin chose to stay back on earth and help her fellowmen and others who were striving for Nirvana. Hence, her great sacrifice and her humble soul made her the patron of the immigrants who had stepped into foreign land.

The Temple also honors Ma Chor Poh, the patron saint of the seafarers. Almost every Chinatown across the globe has Ma Chor Poh’s statue in their temple. Ma Chor Poh is greatly respected and honored by most Chinese who have settled elsewhere. This being mainly due to the fact that they travel terrible voyages by sea to foriegn land for better prospects.
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National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara)

9) National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara) (must see)

Kuala Lumpur is a rich blend of culture, heritage and modernization where each building and structure has a fascinating past and a story for everyone to hear. Such is the case with the striking Masjid Negara, which non-Muslims are welcome to visit outside of prayer time.

Engulfed in the serenity of nature stands the country’s symbol of independence and freedom from the British Empire. The Masjid Negara or the National Masjid of Malaysia is one of the most prominent buildings in the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. Covering a massive area of over 13 acres, this post-independence structure has the capacity of seating almost 15,000 people, thus, making it one of the largest mosques in South East Asia.

The Mosque was one of the first few structures that were built post the Malay independence and was meant to honor the Malaysian freedom from the British rule. It was built on the sight of a previously erected Gospel Hall which was later seized by the Malay Government.

The Masjid Negara was completed in 1965 by a team of three talented architects: UK-based architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysian origin, Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim. Although the structure was religious in origin, the design and style of the building were intelligently ahead of its time. One of the most striking features of the Masjid is the umbrella roof which according to some, symbolizes protection and shelter while architecturally is a clever solution to achieving a greater coverage over a large area.

Why You Should Visit:
This strikingly modern construction manages to prove that architectural beauty can be achieved despite using mostly concrete and a 'flat' design.
The elegance of the mosque is in its towering white minaret, the use of water and the wonderful geometric patterning of its outer courtyards.

Tip:
Be sure to go to the visitors' entrance if you aren't there to pray. There are robes for visitors to borrow free of charge if they don't meet the dress code.
There also are benches to wait on outside the entrance if you arrive early, and helpfully, free WiFi too (and a little shop for refreshments).
You're welcome to roam the grounds for as long as you wish, except in the main prayer room.
Great to combine a visit with the Islamic Arts Museum just around the corner.

Opening Hours (for non-Muslims):
Sat-Thu: 9am-12pm / 3-4pm / 5:30-6:30pm;
Fri: 3-4pm / 5:30-6:30pm
Free admission

Walking Tours in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Create Your Own Walk in Kuala Lumpur

Create Your Own Walk in Kuala Lumpur

Creating your own self-guided walk in Kuala Lumpur is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife Walking Tour in Kuala Lumpur

Nightlife Walking Tour in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur has an active and exciting night life. Even though Malaysia is a Muslim country, there are bars and clubs where alcohol is served without restraint. The city has something to suit every kind of taste and you can easily find clubs that host live music and shows. Take the tour below to find some of the most popular nightclubs in Kuala Lumpur.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Architecture Walk, Kuala Lumpur

Architecture Walk, Kuala Lumpur

The architecture of Kuala Lumpur is well known among tourists. A stunning mixture of the old and the new, the architecture of the metropolis is luxurious and magnificent. The city's skyline reveals an excellent combination of Asian, Malay, Islamic and modern architecture. Take the tour below and don't miss the chance to visit some of the most popular architectural sights in Kuala Lumpur.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Daily Life

Daily Life

If you want to broaden your perception of daily life in Malaysia then there is nothing better than to take the tour below. It will take you through places that are frequented by the locals and will help you appreciate the rhythm and the substance of the daily life of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city in Malaysia, and also its cultural and economic center. The city represents a mix of different architectural styles making it both interesting and beautiful. Kuala Lumpur has created a range of extraordinary and exclusive attractions that combine Eastern and Western elements and also showcase local handicrafts. Chief among these are Sultan Abdul Samad Building, the Jamek Mosque, Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, etc. Find out the major tourist destinations listed below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Lake Gardens Park Walk

Lake Gardens Park Walk

The finest thing about Kuala Lumpur is that it has preserved a balance between exhilarating urban architecture and its natural environment. Indeed, there is an abundance of greenery in Kuala Lumpur. Lake Gardens, known officially as Perdana Botanical Gardens, is Kuala Lumpur's first large-scale recreational park. It contains large manicured gardens and a host of attractions. Take this walk to explore the attractions located here - deer park, Hibiscus garden, Orchid Garden, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 km
Museums and Galleries in Kuala Lumpur

Museums and Galleries in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is an impressive town famous for its museums and galleries. These museums and galleries manifest both the rich cultural heritage of the nation and its spirit of innovation. Find below a list of museums that you must visit when in Kuala Lumpur.

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

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Kuala Lumpur for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Kuala Lumpur has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes


To save yourself time and money visiting Kuala Lumpur's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the KL PASS or Kuala Lumpur Backpackers Pass.

A city pass combines all or multiple Kuala Lumpur's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip lines at major attractions, thus saving precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels


Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of Kuala Lumpur hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: Concorde Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Impiana KLCC Hotel.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Kuala Lumpur, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours


We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of Kuala Lumpur typically costs between around US$10 and US$100 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of Kuala Lumpur in the comfort of a bus listening in the headsets to the commentary in English, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the route. The ticket is valid for one (24 hrs) or two days (48 hrs).

- No visit to Malaysia is complete without savoring local cuisine – the alloy of spicy Indian, complex Chinese, and zesty Malay flavors. Embark on a culinary walking tour of Kuala Lumpur for a generous dollop of delectable Malay delicacies at some truly unique locations: hidden streets, alleyways and suburbs only the locals know about.

- Pedal your way around Kuala Lumpur on a 4-hour bike tour to appreciate the city's most spectacular sights, stopping at each for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning much about the Malay capital from an informative group leader.

- Embark on a self-balancing Segway tour – this usually lasts 2 hours and allows visitors to get a real sense of the city. Most people (even those aged 70+) find it quite fun and convenient, enabling to cover much more ground than you otherwise сould have done by walking.

- Come to appreciate Kuala Lumpur in its nighttime ambiance as the city gets ablaze with multi-colored illumination after dusk. Explore Chinatown in the cool of the night, stroll through the popular night markets, and experience KL's nightlife in its richness.

- Give yourself in to the unique charm of Kuala Lumpur on a 3-hour morning tour to explore the city's diverse architectural setting, learn about its history and more.

Day Trips


If you have a day to spare whilst in Kuala Lumpur, why not use it to explore some of the out-of-town destinations like Malacca, Kuala Selangor, or Batu Caves. For as little as US$60+ to US$170+ per person you will get a chance to discover the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage sites of great historical and cultural importance (iconic caves, royal burial ground, ancient fort, etc.), get closer to the Malaysian nature by riding a boat in the evening through mangrove forests to encounter thousands of twinkling fireflies or by going for a relaxed drive through countryside to visit elephant conservation center and take some photos with amiable silvered leaf monkeys, plus to enjoy a typical Malaysian seafood meal, and so much more. For any of these tours you will be picked up straight from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur, and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle (or boat, wherever applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.