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Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Capital - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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Selangor : Central Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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PLACES OF WORSHIP

SPECTACULAR BUDDHIST TEMPLES

General Info

 
 

BUDDHIST TEMPLES

INTRICATE CARVINGS & A RICH ARTISTIC HERITAGE

Chinese and Buddhist temples can be found throughout Malaysia. Be it on a hilltop, or enshrined in a limestone cave, or situated at the centre of a bustling city, these temples are splendidly colourful and elaborate.

 

Well known for their outstanding pagodas and statues, Chinese temples are popular destinations for tourists.   In Malaysia, Buddhism has a major influence over the Chinese population and a few other ethnic groups. Buddhism first took root in Malaysia with the arrival of the Chinese people. Since the 13th century, Chinese merchants have been frequent traders in the Indonesian and Malay archipelago.   However, a majority of the early Chinese settlers only arrived later in the 19th century. They were from the coastal areas of China, belonging to various clans such as Hokkien, Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka and Hainanese.   The Chinese culture strongly advocates close family ties and a good relationship among clan members. This philosophy is largely shaped by history and also by the three important ethical strands of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. A large number of Malaysian Chinese are Tao Buddhists.

 
 

FESTIVALS

 
  • The Lunar New Year is celebrated by the Chinese community on a grand scale. On the eve of the New Year, family gatherings and reunion dinners are held. Youngsters and members of the family who are not married will receive ?ang pows?, or small red packets containing money as a gift. Don?t miss a chance to watch the lion and dragon dances that are major attractions during the festive season.

  • Wesak Day is celebrated by Buddhists to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and passing of Lord Buddha. At night, processions of beautifully decorated floats attract visitors from all around. Rituals such as ?bathing of the Buddha? are commonly held. This is the best time to visit Buddhist temples. Wesak Day is celebrated in May.

  • The Hungry Ghost festival falls on the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The Chinese believe that the souls of the dead are released from Purgatory to roam the earth. Prayers, sumptuous food, gifts and entertainment are laid out to appease the wandering spirits.

  • The Mid-Autumn Festival or the Lantern and Mooncake Festival is celebrated on the eighth month of the lunar calendar. Lantern processions and tasty mooncakes make it a memorable and enjoyable occasion.

 
 
 

DO'S & DON'TS

 
1.

Most Buddhist temples require visitors to remove their shoes.

 
2.

Visitors are advised to observe respectful silence.

 
3.

Visitors may purchase and light candles or joss sticks if they wish.

 
4.

Always ask for permission before taking photographs.

 
5.

sticks will fill the air in most Buddhist temples. Visitors who are unaccustomed to the fragrance are advised to take note of this.

 
 
 
 

General Info

SPECTACULAR BUDDHIST TEMPLES

PLACES OF WORSHIP