This year for Chinese New Year we visited the Thean Hou Gong Temple twice. I never know how to spell the Thean Hou Gong temple. I think where pinyin is concerned it should read Tian Hou Gong temple meaning The Heavenly Queen’s Palace. However, I’ve often seen it spelled as Thean Hou Gong (in fact the sign at the bottom of the hill leading to the temple says “Thean Hou Temple”) and sometimes Then Hou Gong or Thien Hou Kong. I guess it also depends on whether you are pronouncing it in Cantonese or Mandarin. Some would add a “Miu” at the back making it Thean Hou Gong Miu. Miu stands for temple.
Anyway, I digress. We visited it twice this year because we wanted to see the Laser Light Show at the Thean Hou Gong temple. Well, actually we visited it three times because on the night that we went for the light show, we waited for an hour only to be told that the lights were not working and for safety reasons they will cancel the night show for that evening. Just our luck. The light show was supposed to be on every hour during Chinese New Year starting from 8pm and ending at 11pm. So we went back the next night. Here are some photos we took of our outing at the Thean Hou Gong Temple.
Here is a picture of the entrance of the Thean Hou Gong Temple in the day and night. You’ll have to click on the picture to get a better view. It’s so small here. 🙁
I do so love looking at the lanterns at the Thean Hou Gong Temple. It’s so pretty whether it is day or night but it is more enchanting and magical at night.
In the daytime at the Thean Hou Gong temple during Chinese New Year, it is very hot but the atmosphere is great with lion dances and people reaching out for the lions to either give angpows or grab mandarin oranges or “kum” (The orange word for oranges sounds like “gold”) for good luck.
On a clear day, you can have a good view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline from the Thean Hou Temple.
During the night at the Thean Hou Gong temple, it is cooler and more colorful with lights and Chinese New Year music to put everyone in the mood. There will be free entertainment and shows during the day and night too. Sometimes there are acrobatic shows, sometimes singing and dancing.
Finally, many do not know that at the back of the Thean Hou Gong temple, there is a lovely garden with plenty of tortoises.
Some facts of the Thean Hou Gong temple:
- There is a wedding registrar or marriage registration office there. That is where we got married. 🙂
- Here is the address of the Thean Hou Gong Temple – Thean Hou Temple, 65 Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
- More facts about the Thean Hou Temple can be found here
- Here is a map to the Thean Hou Gong Temple