Published on February 12th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin0
Top 5 Buddhist Temples In Selangor To Visit This CNY
You haven’t seen it all until you’ve visited these stunning Buddhist temples
Temples are the best place to visit during Chinese New Year as they always come alive during this festive occasion. In accordance with the Chinese New Year 2021 SOPs, a maximum of 30 devotees are permitted to perform prayers for 30 minutes per session at places of worship within 10-km radius. Prayers are allowed on three dates; February 11th, 12th and 19th. As such, Tourism Selangor presents the five most beautiful Buddhist temples in the state that you can drop round to see
1) Qi Jian Xian Shi Fo Zu Gu Miao Temple, Kuala Selangor
Qi Jian Xian Shi Fo Zu Gu Miao Temple, is located at Pasir Penambang, Kuala Selangor. It is located near the Kuala Selangor river and a popular destination for tourists. Dedicated to Lord Buddha, this two-level temple is unique as its upper level consists of a man-made cave with overhanging stalactites. The deity Di Zang Wang Pu Sa is worshipped here. The two-storey temple has a pair of grand staircases leading up to the top floor. The main prayer hall is on the ground floor, while the upstairs is created to mimic a mountainous scene.
2) Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Dong Zen Temple, Jenjarom Kuala Langat
Every Chinese New Year, Jenjarom is lit up with magnificent lanterns at the Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Dong Zen Temple. The temple has been running an annual CNY Lantern and Flora Festival for more than a decade and it has become somewhat a staple on Selangor’s events calendar, thanks to its display of giant light instalments.
The free-admission festival attracts nearly a million visitors yearly. But a visit to the venue should not be just a once-a-year affair, not when the temple itself is a nice year-long attraction in the quaint district of Kuala Langat. The grounds of the temple are home to many beautiful buildings and decorations. Take a stroll along Lumbini Garden to appreciate the abundance of colourful flowers. Over at 33 Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Street, take in sculptures that embody various good virtues.
3) Kuan Yin Temple, Klang
Built in 1892, Kuan Yin Temple is one of the oldest Chinese Temples in the royal city in Klang. As Fujian Chinese who fled their hometown settled in Klang to fill labor shortages in tin mines, plantations, and railway constructions back in the days, they brought along their Gods and Goddesses with them to build a temple in their new hometown. That is how this temple came into existence. It nearly faced demolition until the Sultan of Selangor declared it as State’s heritage site. Located at the bustling Jalan Raya Barat, it is now a place of worship for the Chinese community in Klang. Immerse yourself in artistic and heritage galore the moment you get into its majestic entrance. The best is yet to come, get in deeper and you will definitely be amazed with the symphony of artistic and faith. Come and see it for yourself!
4) Nan Tian Temple, Sekinchan
Nan Tian Temple (Nine Emperor Gods Temple) in Sekinchan, a Chinese temple located in the middle of Sekinchan paddy field. Nan Tian Temple was established in year 1984 and extended in year 2004 into today’s scale. Nan Tian Temple become the landmark of Site A, Sekinchan. Every 1st to 9th of the 9th month of the Lunar Calendar, the worshipers celebrate the birthday of Nine Emperor Gods for a period of ten days. This is the most important religious event in Sekinchan. The two main industries in Sekinchan are farming and fishing; on which both are highly depending on the weather.
5) Guan Yin Gu See Temple, Kuala Kubu Bharu
Located at the peak of a hill, it offers mesmerizing views from the top with a statue of Guan Yin Bodhisattva overlooking the nearby village. Historical architecture in Kuala Kubu Bharu includes traditional shop houses spanning from the 1920s to the 1980s, as well as old fire and railway stations. A Buddhist temple (Guan Yin Ge Temple) that survived the flood was refurbished in the 1980s, while Cecil Ranking’s grave is located within the compound of MRSM Kuala Kubu Bharu and serves as a monument to the 1883 flood.