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Malaysia Interesting Places of Worship (Kuala Lumpur)

Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin

Jalan Raja,
50050 Kuala Lumpur

This building is a fine example of early English Gothic architecture featuring beautiful stained glass windows, tasselled tile paving and buttresses. The laying of the foundation stone was carried out in 1894 by the British Resident, W.H. Treacher. Its design was proposed by A.C. Norman, a government architect. Of interest here is a pipe organ built in 1895 by Henry Willis, regarded as one of the greatest organ builders of his day.

Chan See Shu Yuen Temple

172 Jalan Petaling,
50000 Kuala Lumpur

Built between 1897 and 1906, Chan See Shu Yuen Temple is one of the largest and oldest surviving Buddhist temples in Malaysia. Located at the southern end of Jalan Petaling, it is characterised by a typical open courtyard and symmetrical pavilions, and decorated with colourful paintings, woodcarvings and ceramic fixtures. Originally built as a kongsi (clan house) for families with the surnames Chan, Chen or Tan, the clan founders are depicted at the central altar of the temple.

Kuan Ti Temple

Jalan Tun H.S. Lee,
50010 Kuala Lumpur

An easily recognisable building with a bright orange façade, Kuan Ti Temple is a Taoist temple dedicated to a Chinese deity, Kuan Ti, the God of War & Literature. Two stone lions guard the temple at the entrance and in the main lobby, statues of the God of Examinations & Fate and the God of the Elderly greet visitors to its main prayer hall, where the statue of Kuan Ti proudly takes it place at the central altar.

Masjid Jamek

Jalan Tun Perak,
50100 Kuala Lumpur

This mosque occupies a historic location at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, the birthplace of Kuala Lumpur. Built in 1907, this is the city's oldest surviving mosque and was officially opened by the 5th Sultan of Selangor. Its design was inspired by Mogul architecture in northern India. Interestingly, the mosque was designed by an Englishman, A.B. Hubbock, who was responsible for several other fine buildings in the city.
Cupolas and minarets top the brick walls and arched colonnades while a 70-feet dome surmounts the prayer hall. Masjid Jamek was the city's principal mosque until the opening of the National Mosque in 1965.

Avoid prayer times, especially on Fridays at midday. For women, cloaks and head scarves are on loan for free at the entrance gate.

Masjid India

Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman,
50100 Kuala Lumpur

Just minutes away from Masjid Jamek is Masjid India. Built in the southern Indian style, this mosque is a three-storey structure with onion domed chatris (open-sided umbrella-shaped cupolas) as well as arched windows with Islamic motifs. This mosque was first built in 1863 as a wooden hut and underwent several renovations. The present structure was opened by the 8th Sultan of Selangor in 1966 and can accommodate 3,500 worshippers.

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