I was in Kuala Lumpur recently and was at the vicinity of Corus Hotel along Jalan Ampang. As I was standing outside the lobby of the hotel, I saw a Chinese temple just opposite the Corus Hotel. I was curious and decided to visit this beautiful temple. I find it quite surprisingly that a Chinese temple can co-exist with so many tall modern buildings along Jalan Ampang. After all, this is the commercial hub of Kuala Lumpur. I used the overhead pedestrian bridge and as I was walking towards the temple, I saw that there are many people streaming into this temple.
This temple is called the Kun Yam Thong Temple and you won’t missed it as it is just opposite the Corus Hotel. There is a small space in front for cars to drive in. Just inside the main entrance, I saw the statute of the Smiling Buddha seated to greet devotees. As I walked further, I saw the statute of the Thousand Hands Buddha or Guanyin with Thousand Hands. There were many devotees praying and surprisingly I saw many Indians – young and old praying in the temple. Though Buddhism originated from India, it was a surprise to me to see Indians praying in this Buddhist temple especially in Kuala Lumpur. And then as I walked further in, I saw the statutes of 3 huge Buddha seated from left to right. It was a beautiful and grand. I also liked the decorated ceilings and small statutes on high walls.
When I was inside the temple admiring the Buddha and arts, I could feel the sense of calm and peace in me. This place is a good place to get away from all the mad rush, people, heavy traffic and noise along Jalan Ampang. I felt relaxed, very peaceful and no more stress in my mind. Donations to the temple is voluntary which is good. One very important thing to remember is that you have to remove your shoes before entering the temple. On the left side of the wall, I saw hundreds of small Buddha on display. I am not sure what is the significant of this display but it look impressive.
The Kun Yam Thong temple is a must visit place if you are in Kuala Lumpur. I saw many tourists just liked me visiting this beautiful temple. The nearest LRT to this temple and Corus Hotel is the Ampang Park LRT. From the Ampang Park LRT to this temple is about 10 minutes walk. The traffic along Jalan Ampang is heavy during the day, so do looked out for vehicles when walking. If you are keen in viewing more photos of this temple, do visit my site and go to photo gallery at the following link –