Sin Sze Si Ya Temple – The Oldest Taoist Temple in Kuala Lumpur

The Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is the Oldest Taoist Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Constructed in 1864, the temple honors two deities, Si Sze and Sin Sze Ya who was believed to guide Yap Ah Loy reaching his Kapitan status.

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple - The Oldest Taoist Temple in Kuala Lumpur
Sin Sze Si Ya Temple – The Oldest Taoist Temple in Kuala Lumpur

I did not really plan on seeing this temple. While walking around the central market of KL, I happened to pass by. It looked like it was a parking space, but when I saw five tourists at the door, I thought it must be on their guidebook. So I asked the name of the temple and google it before entering. I had to have some information firsthand because there were no descriptions inside. In many guidebooks, the temple is one of the many tourist attractions to visit in the city.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

A few women were busy doing their thing. Some were arranging flowers and offerings, others were rolling paper, and a few were writing something.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

At the entrance, you can’t ignore the smell of incense.

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Tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Then, on your right, before the door, you will find an ancient wooden sedan chair encased in a glass box. And as you can see, the chair dates back to 1893. It’s more than a century old already! The chair was used to carry the statues of the deities during religious celebrations and processions.

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This sedan chair is more than 100 years old!

As soon as you enter the door, don’t forget to look up. You will find two carved panels that are hanging there since it was built.

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple - The Oldest Taoist Temple in Kuala Lumpur
Sin Sze Si Ya Temple – The Oldest Taoist Temple in Kuala Lumpur

Inside, you’ll find the huge statues of the two deities revered by Taoist devotees.

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple - The Oldest Taoist Temple in Kuala Lumpur
Sin Sze Si Ya Temple – The Oldest Taoist Temple in Kuala Lumpur

Various offerings are ubiquitous inside the temple – flowers, fruits, food, etc.

Tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur
Tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur

Students and parents crowd the temple before important exams happen. They pay their respect to the god of Education, Wenchang Dijun, in Chinese mythology.

Things to do in Kuala Lumpur
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur

Also, you will find some devotees circling the main altar three times. They believe that the act will bring them good fortune.

Tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur
Tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur

And most of all, before you exit, try the fortune-telling sticks for 1 Malaysian Ringgit. That is if you want to know what your future/fortune awaits. 😉

Fortune telling sticks
Things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hotel in Kuala Lumpur with a Sky Pool Overlooking KL’s Skyline

I stayed at Expressionz Suites by V&C near downtown Kuala Lumpur. I wrote a request to the hotel staff to give me a room with views of the city. And yay, I got what I wanted! I could see the city’s skyline right from my bed. My suite is clean and it has its own washing machine! The breakfast was good – offering both Malaysian and western food. But most of all, the main hotel amenity that everyone wants to check out is the Sky Pool! You won’t regret looking at the fantastic views here while in your wet swimwear. 😉

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