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Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

Tioman

Largest island of Malaysias east coast. It’s located 32km off the coast and is some 20km long and 12km wide and the highest peak is Gunung Kajang with 1038m. In the 70ies TIME magazine selected Tioman as one the world’s most beautiful islands but lost some flair in recent years due to do development. The island has eight main villages, many beaches and is densely forested and is surrounded by numerous coral reefs, making it a scuba diving haven.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple

address: Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (Jalan Bandar), 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Sri-Mahamariamman-Temple-Kuala-Lumpur.jpg, Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street).
Sri Mahamariamman Hindu Temple
Founded in 1873, the Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is situated at edge of Chinatown on Jalan Tun H.S.Lee (fomerly Jalan Bandar / High Street).

The admission to the temple is free but donations are welcome.

The temple was founded in 1873 in the early years of Kuala Lumpur (KL has its origins in the 1850s) as a private shrine by the Pillai family. It was later opened to the public in the late 1920s. The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest functioning Hindu temple in Malaysia. The current structure of the temple was errected and 1968 and was recently renovated again.

The temple is the starting point for the Thaipusam procession to the Batu Caves when thousands of devotees gather outside the temple carrying containers of milk as offering to  Lord Muruga. From here they start their ca.15km long walk to Batu Caves which attracts hundreds of thousands of devotees and visitors every January for the Thaipusam celebration.


Getting There
The temple is centrally located in the Chinatown area of Kuala Lumpur. It can be reached within a few minutes while walking around the Chinatown / Central Market / Merdeka Square area. The closest LRT station is Pasar Seni, which is a mere 5min walk away.


location of Sri Mahamariamman temple
the Sri Mahamariamman Temple (on the left) is located in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Jalan Tun HS Lee, just one street off parellel to the Chinatown market on Jalan Petaling


stalls selling flower leis
stalls beside the temple selling garlands of flowers, which are used as offering to the Hindu deties

 



Related Places

Petaling Street (Chinatown)

Chinatown in KL is one of the oldest parts of city. The main attractions is the roofed street market along Petaling Street which is popular for selling for fake branded goods like bags, shoes, clothes and watches.

Batu Caves

Limestone hill in the north of Kuala Lumpur with a series of caves and cave temples. They are a sacred place for Hindus in Malaysia and the location of the famous Thaipusam celebrations at the end of January attended by up to one million devotees.

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Reggae Guest House 2

Hostel in Chinatown, 1 of 3 outlets of the Reggae Hostel Group in KL

Moon Eleven LCCT

Small homestay-type-of guesthouse / hostel in Sepang, convenient if you have an overnight stopover at LCCT and don't want to travel all the way to KL

Attractions

National Planetarium, Kuala Lumpur

The National Planetarium is a space science exhibition with a telescope and observation tower in the Lake Gardens.

Gurdwara Tatt Khalsa Sikh Temple, Kuala Lumpur

Sikh Temple at the near the Chow Kit Wet Market and Kampung Baru. Largest Sikh temple in South-east Asia and spiritual home to KL′s 75,000 Sikhs.

Attractions

Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

Big park near the old colonial center and Chinatown area. It includes National Mosque, Bird Park, Butterfly Park, Islamic Arts Museum, National Museum, Deer Park, Orchid Garden, Tasik Perdana (Premier Lake).

Henderson Waves, Singapore

Singapore's highest pedestrian bridge with a distinctive wave architecture connecting Mount Faber with Telok Blangah Hill Park