Lin Hua San Temple
Southeast Asia's largest Taoist temple
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Located on the outskirts of Miri, in a suburb called Krokop, is Southeast Asia's largest Taoist temple.
It's so large in fact that it has two names, San Ching Tian Temple and Lin Hua San Temple. The first is actually a collective term for the three deities that are worshipped here, while the second is the actual name of the temple. Using either name will get you here.
Situated down a side road, it's hard to believe that outside of the temple grounds are dusty pot-holed roads. Inside, is infused with a real sense of peace that only comes in sacred religious grounds; it's almost like being transported back 200 years. Although it does not have the prestige of old age, you can't help but be impressed by the golden dragon friezes painstakingly etched onto the stone walls.
The inside of the temple houses three enormous idols with equally enormous incense sticks. The grounds of the temple are pretty small but equally as impressive as the inside of the temple itself. Dotted around are stone chairs and tables inviting you to sit down and admire the carvings and paintings, it would be perfectly acceptable to turn up with a flask of Chinese tea and a chess set and while away your day away from the heat and dust of Miri.
It's advisable to take a bus to get here. Find the bus stop just outside Bintang Plaza or get on at the local bus terminal; number 44 should take you to the bus stop directly opposite the temple. The fare should be 1.6 ringgit but ask the bus driver when you board.
More detailsKrokop Lorong 9, Miri
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