Sze Ya (Sin Sze Si Ya) Temple

A historic treat in the heart of Chinatown

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What we say: 4 stars

One of KL's oldest places of worship, the Sze Ya (Sin Sze Si Ya) Temple is also one of the most attractive.

The Taoist temple was founded in 1864, but only moved to its present site two decades later. It is unique in Malaysia for being primarily dedicated to two local men who were deified after their deaths, rather than traditional gods from China.

Sze Ya was established by Yap Ah Loy, the third and most powerful Kapitan Cina -- effectively the head of the Chinese community in KL.

He is often thought of as the founding father of modern KL, and this beautiful little temple is the closest that the city comes to having a fitting memorial to him.

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Jalan Tun HS Lee, near junction with Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Chinatown
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-18:00
Last updated: 20th February, 2012

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