Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur

Admire the oldest Hindu temple in the city at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Founded in 1873 on the edge of Chinatown, the place of worship functioned for many years as a private shrine for the Pillai family who built it. The impressive five-tiered gopuram (a South Indian monumental tower) that juts out above the entrance features 228 idols and sets the tone for the ornate decor of the interior. The temple's spatial design represents a human body lying on its back, with its feet pointing east, head pointing west: walk through the temple and consider the connections between each room and the part of the body you are in. Plan your Sri Maha Mariamman Temple visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kuala Lumpur using our Kuala Lumpur online trip itinerary planner .
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  • It is located in Chinatown near Hindu temples. So you can take off your footwear at the entrance and enter the strong position as a religious tourist destination rather than tourism requires attention.
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  • Well worth a brief stop here - Fascinating - Amazing the way this building is sandwiched in between more modern buildings - Also very friendly  more »
  • It is a gorgeous temple, and it is steeped in the history of KL and Malaysia at large. Steps away from the local Chinese temple, this temple is emblematic of the balance of cultures in the capital. Ho...  more »
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  • Beautiful temple in the middle of a busy shopping district. So different from Balinese Hindu temple I've visited. The place is so colorful and beautiful and there are still many people doing hindunese prayer. You cannot wear shoes inside, so you must take off your shoes and leave it on the locker outside. They wont charge you money, but a coin box is available. Put 0,3-05 RM wont hurt.
  • The first Hindu temple I ever visited! I was amazed!!!!! Super colorful yet modest. I was lucky enough to have also seen and experienced the afternoon prayer. Hindu traditional live music, sorry I don't know the instruments, and a slow walk around the Temple, applying respect to the Hindu Lords, whose statues were found in several corners. A must visit, although if you just pass from the street it will drag you in, as the front of the Temple is a masterpiece of architectural Art!!!!!
  • Taking off shoes is needed as usual. It's raining the day I went there and it's not so convenient to walk on bare foot. Being a modern architecture it may not have the kind of beauty you would like to see in this temple. A temple of the same name can be found in Chinatown in Singapore, and that temple is much more impressive.
  • Before entering the temple, we had to take off our shoes and placed them in a tray at the counter beside the entrance. The charge was RM0.20 per pair of shoe. Most Hindu temples have a tall tower with plenty of figurines at the entrance and this was no exception. The tower was impressive with good sculpture. At the back was a block of building of several storeys that looked like quarters and possibly part office.
  • Great architecture, Beautiful temple but i was doubt to come in because i know that this is a place for Hindi people to pray You can find some sellers near the temple who sell flowers, incense, or any other things to pray. It is near petaling street and sentral market so you can walk to get here It is located near the road so you'll find yhis temple easily
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