Photo: No more green paint.

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

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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.

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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. Photo taken in or around Chan See Shu Yuen Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by 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 ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)


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