With a rich cultural mix and blend of religions, Kuala Lumpur hosts several places of worship where devotees of the respective faiths are seen paying their respects on certain festivals. As the federal capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur has a fast-pace environment while the Hindu temples, Chinese temples, churches and mosques have been around for centuries that provide the balance to the hectic lifestyle of the city dwellers here.
Masjid Negara – The National Mosque is the iconic symbol of Islam as the Official Religion of Malaysia. Located at the heart of the city, this distinguished structure is a sight to behold where it is among the largest in this region. On Fridays, Muslim men from all walks of life are seen carrying out their Friday prayers here which can accommodate more than 15,000 people at any time.
Masjid Jamek – The Masjid Jamek is located at the meeting point of the very famous Klang and Gombak Rivers which gives the Klang Valley its identity. It is known to be one of the oldest mosques here which was built more than 100 years ago where it was the main mosque in the city before Masjid Negara was built.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple – This Hindu temple is located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur in Jalan Tun H S Lee. It is known to be the oldest temple in the country and a popular place visited by tourists.
St Mary’s Cathedral – Located in Jalan Raja, the St Mary’s Cathedral, in its capacity as the church of the Diocese of West Malaysia is the office of the Anglican Bishop of West Malaysia. It is among the oldest churches in the country and very popular among tourists as it is located next to Dataran Merdeka.
Sin Sze Ya Temple – This Chinese Taoist temple is located in Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur. Built by Kapitan Yap Ah Loy who founded Kuala Lumpur, it is supposedly the oldest temple in the city and often filled with people during Chinese festivals.
Thean Hou Temple – Located on the hill around the Seputeh area, this temple is one of the largest ones in the region. Its beautiful and articulately-crafted statues make the temple a picturesque place for visitors while many local couples come here to register their marriages.