Kuan Yin Temple

Attraction Jalan Stadium and Jalan Maharajalela, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
07:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
Second-time visit
Temple & Monument
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Kuan Yin Temple is a famous temple in Kuala Lumpur. This temple is unique in such a way that it is situated in one of the shop-houses along Jalan Pahang.

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Why Kuan Yin Temple is special ?

Kuan Yin Temple was built in 1880 and is dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin. Also known as Guanyin Temple, it is located across the road from Jalan Stadium in Chinatown. Featuring distinctly Chinese and European baroque architecture, the temple is one of the most colourful shrines in the city.
Kuan Yin Temple faces the Bulatan Merdeka roundabout, across the street from the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall. Since it is nearby the Masjid Jamek LRT station, it is easy for tourists to get to. Though the temple is not as extravagant as others in the city, it is worth a visit to see the three golden Chinese Buddhist statues inside.

What to explore at Kuan Yin Temple?

The figure in the main prayer hall is that of Shakyamuni (Gautama Buddha); to his right is the statue of the South Sea Guanyin – a robed statue with a flashing halo. To the left of Shakyamuni is Qianshou (Thousand Arm Goddess of Mercy) Guanyin: this statue represents Kuan Yin’s compassionate side as the goddess purportedly has a ‘thousand hands and a thousand eyes’ to generously provide for devotees.

At prayer times (12:30 – 13:45), the chanting of ‘Namo Guanshiyin Bodhisattva’ from devotees and priests is a beautiful, melodious sound.

Join the beautiful chanting & recitation of the daily Ceremony Of Repentance Of the Great Compassion With A Thousand Hands and Thousand Eyes at the Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely Monastery 

The monastery also has books on Quan Yin and Buddhism available in English for free to help spread the teachings of the Bodhisattva.

It is well worth it to experience the magical power of this ancient form of chanting and to feel the presence of Kuan Yin’s loving kindness within yourself.


How to get to Kuan Yin Temple?

Once you pass the vacant Kompleks Galleria, keep on the left lane.

When you come to a row of shop houses (some 350m from Kompleks Galleria), be on the look out for the temple (easily spotted with its green roofs). There’s a road just before the temple. Turn left into this road (Jalan Langgak Bukit). Park anywhere on the road side. Enter temple through the side door (also) at Jalan Langgak Bukit.

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  • “Small but charming”
  • “An oasis of peace and calm”
  • "Interesting and impressive"
  • "Great architecture"
  • "Peaceful and beautiful place"
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Tips for you

  • A small donation at the door will earn you a smile from the temple custodians.
    Things to do
  • Parking is quite difficult during God festivities since it’s located in a very busy main road.
  • After visiting Guan Yin temple do drop in at the Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Association temple across the road
    Things nearby
  • The chanting takes place daily from 12:30pm – 1:45pm. It is free and the public is welcome.
  • Located just behind Petronas Towers and the temple is about a 5 minute walk or 300 meters from the KLCC mall.
  • Guan Yin Temple situated on a hill about 10 minutes walk from Petaling Street.


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This was one of the 'must do's' on Tripadvisor and we are so pleased that we did. We have an awesome guide, Lulu, who was passionate about her city and this made the group of us enthusiastic about listening and learning about KL. We highly recommend this walking tour to get a 'feel' of KL and the different cultures that make up this amazing city

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As a first time traveller to KL, I looked up things to do on Tripadvisor for the must do things in KL and this tour is at the top of the list. I was travelling alone and found this tour unbelievably fantastic. I was after the cultural experience of the city and this walk delivered evan more than I thought it might. You can walk around the city area without knowing what you are looking at, but this tour is so informative and the food so great that there is know way you could find these things on your own.It is a must do for the people that want to learn a little more about culture and food.CheersJamie

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This is a fantastic tour that is a great way to get an insight into the cultures of KL and as an introduction to the city. Our guide was great, so helpful and knowledgable, the food was amazing and we learnt so much too! A great way to experience the city on a short one day stopover. Thank you Sean and be tourist.

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