Sze Ya Temple

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Sze Ya Temple information

Location
Merdeka Square & Chinatown , Malaysia
Address
Jln Tun HS Lee
Getting there
Tram: Pasar Seni
Opening hours
7am-5pm
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This Taosist temple, one of the most atmospheric in Chinatown, was constructed in 1864 on the instructions of ‘Kapitan Cina’ Yap Ah Loy. You can see a small statue of the man just left of the main altar. Its odd position, squished between rows of shophouses, was determined by feng shui. You can enter the temple through the stucco gatehouse on Jln Tun HS Lee or the back gate on the next alley west.

Fortune-telling sticks are provided for devotees; just rattle the pot until a stick falls out, then find the paper slip corresponding to the number on the stick. Staff will translate the fortune on the slip for RM1. On your way out, note the two gilded sedan chairs used to carry the deity statues during religious processions.