Thean Hou is a colorful Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with some awesome architecture.
It’s a contemporary building (1980s), but it has all of the classic features that make Chinese cultural objects so cool.
Visiting Thean Hou Temple
The temple has 6 tiers, and it’s fun to walk around all of them.
From the top stories, you can also get some nice views of the surrounding highrises in Kuala Lumpur city. Thean Hou is a short distance from KL center, so it’s very easy to come here on a short detour if you’re already visiting the city.
If you come to Thean Hou at night, the temple is lit up and it stays open pretty late. Better yet, if you come here on the Chinese New Year, the whole temple is decorated with glowing lanterns and puts on a great show.
Entry to all areas of the temple is 100% free.
How To Get To Thean Hou Temple
The temple is a 15 minute drive south from Kuala Lumpur City Center.
The Grab transportation app works like Uber and it’s great for visiting places like this in Malaysia.
Where We Stayed
We stayed at the 2-star Ahyu Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. It was $17 USD per night for a clean double room with cold A/C, TV, private bathroom, and very fast WiFi.
The location is fantastic. You can easily walk to the train station, convenience stores, fast food (McDonald's and KFC), Chinatown, KL Central Market, Merdeka Square, and more. Even the Petronas Towers were a short distance away!
Prices may fluctuate from time to time, so just keep an eye out for a good deal.