Thean Hou Temple

sights / Religious

Lonely Planet review

Off Jln Syed Putra, this multilayered and highly ornate temple is one of the most visually impressive in Malaysia. It's dedicated to the heavenly mother, Thean Hou. Her statue takes centre stage in the main hall, with Kuan Yin (the Buddhist goddess of mercy) on her right and Shuiwei Shengniang (the goddess of the waterfront) to her left. Statues of Milefo (the laughing Buddha), Weituo and Guandi further contribute to this Taoist‒Buddhist hodgepodge.

There are great views from the temple's upper decks, while at its base are tourist restaurants and shops. To reach the temple, 3km south of the centre of town, take either a taxi or bus 27 or 52 from Klang bus station and then walk up the hill (ask to be dropped off near the temple). Alternatively take the monorail to Tun Sambanthan station, cross Jln Syed Putra using the overpass and walk up the hill.