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Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

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Set through a fairly low-key temple gateway on Jalan Tun HS Lee, Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is one of Kuala Lumpur’s oldest houses of worship.

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The somewhat tongue-twisting name to this temple relates to the patron deities of two local men—deified as Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya. This deification was in respect for their assistance to Yap Ah Loy, who as the third Kapitan China of Kuala Lumpur, and the head of the Chinese community, is often considered to be the founding father of Kuala Lumpur.

Up by the main alter. Photo taken in or around Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Up by the main alter. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The temple was established in 1864 and remains to this day an important place of worship. Come in the morning to see devotees having their fortune told and making offerings for good fortune—Chinese New Year and before exams are especially popular periods. The central alter houses Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya and before them lies a large bench for offerings and urns crowded with smouldering incense sticks. Note also the intricate carving held aloft above the centre of ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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