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Kuan Yin Temple, Klang

The Kuan Yin Temple in Klang (State of Selangor, Malaysia), was built around 1982, and is reputedly one of the oldest temple in Malaysia. It was nearly demolished due to its dilapidated condition caused by extensive termites infestation but was saved by the Sultan of Selangor, who declared it a state heritage site.

The rebuilding of the temple was carried out around the year 2000 and was financed by wealthy chinese (mostly from Klang) and most of the masonry works and carvings were carried out by workmen and artisans brought over from China.

View of the Kuan Yin Temple, which is located along Jalan Raya Barat, Klang

On the first day of Chinese New Year (28 January 2017) I was asked to ferry my wife and in laws to the temple and after finding (with extreme difficulty) a parking spot I make my way to the temple. There were scores of people (man, women and children) sitting on the pavements on both sides of the road in front of the temple.

My curiosity as to why there were so many people seated on both sides of the road pavements were soon answered. They were waiting for the temple devotees to give them alms. Being the first day of the Chinese New Year, the temple was packed with devotees, no doubt offering prayers in return for blessings from the gods of good health, happiness and prosperity. 

Man, woman and children sitting on the roadside opposite the temple waiting for devotees to hand out alms

The garden of the temple with the Kuan Yin statute

All images shot with the Nikon D610 and Nikkor 24-120mm f4g lens and processed in Adobe camera raw and Photoshop.

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