Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

Post renovation, not so interesting

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Once known as the “Green Temple” thanks to a mint green paint job the temple once had, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple will need to shake that moniker as a recent renovation has tossed all the green charm out the window for a modern grey and black matt finish.

Travelfish says:

Founded in 1896, the clan association was formed by four tin mining magnates, Chan Sow Lin, Chin Choon, Chin See Hee and Chan Choy Thin who garnered seven attached shop lots from the British colonial government and got to work building what would would become Chan See Shu Yuen Temple—construction of the original building took ten years to complete. More recently, the temple has been completely renovated again, in our opinion losing much of the appeal of the original structure.

We miss the original, but the new version is still photogenic. : Stuart McDonald.
We miss the original, but the new version is still photogenic. Photo: Stuart McDonald

While the new building is spacious and immaculate (watch your step on those tiles—they can be very slippery), it does lack the charm of the more traditionally presented temples in Kuala Lumpur. It has however retained the beautiful ceramic work along the roof line and some interesting friezes are mounted on the front-facing exterior walls which are worth a look.

An information board within the temple notes that it was thought the characters acting out the stories in these carvings would be able to perform, forever, for the ancestors. The board is topped by artistic renditions of the four founders.

Where the party never ends. : Stuart McDonald.
Where the party never ends. Photo: Stuart McDonald

We’re on the fence regarding Chan See Shu Yuen Temple still being worth a visit for the casual visitor, however if you’re coming from (or going to) Maharajalela monorail station or the Guan Yi temple (which is just about right next door), then you’ll walk right by it, so why not pop in? It is a leisurely five to ten minute walk south of Petaling Street Market.

Contact details for Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

Address: Corner of Jalan Petaling and Bulatan Merdeka, Chinatown
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º41'53.6" E, 3º8'24.84" N
See position in Apple or Google Maps: Apple Maps | Google Maps
Admission: Free

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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