My nephews and nieces visited me on the seventh day of the lunar new year and they invited me to visit the Thean How temple. I felt a bit tired as we had just come back from Ipoh but my wife showed interest as she has not been to the temple .
The picturesque Buddhist Thean Hou Temple was built in 1987 and has become a pilgrimage site of sorts for Taoists during Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival and on wedding days.
The Thean Hou Temple situated in the Robson Heights along Lorong Bellamy, overlooking Jalan Syed Putra (Federal Highway). It is dedicated to the patron Goddess Thean Hou of the Hainanese community.
We reached there at almost afternoon and the weather was hot. I can see a number of tour buses and some visitors mostly chinese were taking photos of the twelve animals of Chinese astrology at the temple. There are couples come there to register for the marriage
The landscape of lantern displayed were colorful and attracted many visitors to take photos for remembrance. Many chinese were seen there for prayer hoping the Goddess Thin Hou will bless them good health, prosperity and good luck in return.
It is more than a place of worship and has grown into a popular tourist destination. There are always activities such as the grand birthday celebrations for Goddess Thin Hou, Goddess Kuan Yin and the Goddess of the Waterfront are conducted at Thean Hou temple.
Buddhist activities include Dharma Prayers and Wesak Day celebrations. Cultural activities include the annual Moon cake Festival during the eighth lunar month and the Chinese New Year celebration.
The Thean Hou temple also offers fortune telling and marriage registration services. Traditional Chinese exercise and martial arts activities such as Qigong, tai-chi and wushu classes are also conducted there.