Photo: The main affair.

Guan Yin temple

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In a built up city like Kuala Lumpur you can feel under siege and roped in by the racket and traffic, so it can be pleasant to find a place where you can step into a realm of serenity surrounded by the hubbub of a modern city: Guan Yin temple is such a place.

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As you climb the two short flights of stairs from the road up to the brightly coloured Buddhist Guan Yin temple (full name Wei Zhen Gong Guan Yin Temple), it is easy to imagine a time when set on the hill, it would have enjoyed peaceful views across the lower reaches of the city looking out from the southern bank of Chinatown. Today, not so much—it backs almost onto a stadium, has two major roads right out front and a monorail track which runs so close you could almost reach out and touch the train as an elevated train rolls past.

Look to the left. Photo taken in or around Guan Yin temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Look to the left. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Peaceful isn't the first word that comes to mind in describing this place, but once you do step into the main hall (literature on site calls this hall “the precious hall of the exalted hero”), the racket does dim an octave and you can almost begin to appreciate at least in an abstract sense, the principle of inner peace.

The above-mentioned main hall is divided into three separate sections, each housing gold-plated deities and offering tables. To the left sits the multi-limbed Thousand-hand Bodhisattva (though not with the legendary one thousand arms in evidence), the centre has Buddha Sakyamuni and, to the right, South Sea Guanyin (note the flowing robes). There is more detailed (and complimentary) English language information available within the temple (at the desk to the left as you walk in).

Then look to the right. Photo taken in or around Guan Yin temple, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Then look to the right. Photo: Stuart McDonald

There’s little else to see at this small site, and while it probably isn't worth legging it across town to see, if you’re in the area, pop by. The closest monorail station to here is Maharajalela and you’re almost next door to Chan See Shu Yuen Temple. Petaling Street market in the heart of Chinatown is a five to ten minute ... Travelfish members only (Around 200 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Guan Yin temple
10 Jalan Maharajalela, Chinatown
Mo–Su: 09:00–17:00
T: (03) 2070 8650 
Admission: Free

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