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Beautiful temples in and around Kuala Lumpur- Behold the splendour of religious artefacts

A diverse array of cultures and backgrounds living harmoniously within one nation has allowed Malaysia to form its own unique rendition of a melting pot. With many religions been represented within the city of Kuala Lumpur, it creates a truly dynamic community.

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The Malacca Straits Mosque

Opened fairly recently in 2006, this stunning mosque was design using craftsmanship from the Middle East and Malaysia, creating a unique merge of aesthetics that make it one of the most intriguing mosques in the area. Located on the manmade island of Malacca, the mosque is developed in such a way that when the water level rises up to a certain level, the entire mosque appears as if it is floating on the water. When night falls, the lights of the mosque illuminate its structure making for an unforgettable view. Its soft arches and green lightings give it an almost otherworldly appearance that makes it a must see on anyone who appreciates brilliant craftmanship and design.

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Batu Caves Temple

With a history dating back to almost 400 million years ago, the cave entrance was initially used as shelter before it was converted for public viewing. The temple was developed to worship Lord Murugan in the late 1890s and since that time it has been used as the site for the Thaipusam festival. The Batu caves hold 3 main caves that are open for public viewing with the main attraction being the world's largest statue of Lord Murugan that is at the foot of the steps leading up to the caves. Once visitors climb up the steep stair case at the temples, they are able to take in a view of stunning skyline of Kuala Lumpur.

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Sri Mahamariamman Temple

Intricate and ornate designs of deities from all mythology in the Hindu faith adorn the outer walls of this temples. Colourful and imposing, each deity is sculpted out of the walls to become a beloved place of worship for all devotees. Located at the edge of Chinatown, a short distance from the Ascott Kuala Lumpur, this temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur having been founded in 1873. A special place of cultural and national heritage, it served as an important place of worship for early Indian settlers who wished to seek solace. Built by a prominent businessman during that time, the temple was made accessible to the general public in the early 1900s.

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Thean Hou Temple

A temple with incredible design elements that pays tribute to many stems of Buddhism, the well-executed architectural styles give rise to a grand structure that is not only awe-inspiring but also humbling to behold. This six-tiered temple was developed to honour the goddess Mazu, and is placed overlooking Jalang Syed Putra. Having been built in 1987, the temple was built by the Hainanese that inhabited the country and is a major place of gathering during Chinese New Year and the Mooncake Festival. This temple is easily accessible from any Kuala Lumpur service apartment!