Chan See Shu Yuen Temple - Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple - Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple - Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown is the heart and soul of the city. It is the place for counterfeit goods, tasty food at hawker stalls and of course a great place to practice your bargaining skills.

If all that haggling wears you down, you can take a cultural tour with the many temples (Hindu and Buddhist) that are located nearby. One of the temples I found interesting was the Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, one of Kuala Lumpur’s oldest Chinese Buddhist temples.

The temple initially served to give aid and support to newly arrived immigrants from China. The temple is beautifully decorated with intricate carvings, black and white photos of family members and green tiles (thus the informal name the Green Temple).

I love how these beautiful red lanterns, strung across the courtyard, contrasted against the blue and white sky.

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It may seem redundant to have a Chinatown in a predominantly Chinese city, but you'll change your mind when you see it. Though Chinatown lies on the fringe of the central business district, they feel a century apart. The glass skyscrapers are shrunk to three-storey shophouses, people recharge with herbal teas instead of Starbucks, and life goes by at a slower, if perhaps noisier, pace. Though the signs continue to be in English, the voices ring out in Cantonese and Mandarin dialects.

Long before Sir Stamford Raffles arrived and designated it the Chinese enclave, the area southwest of the Singapore River had been settled by merchants and farmers from China. As the influx of Chinese immigrants continued, the new arrivals started businesses, established trade guilds, and built temples to thank the gods for their safe arrival in this new country. As Chinatown grew it became overcrowded with residents sleeping in shifts in the small living quarters above the shophouses ... Read our complete Chinatown travel guide

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