Empress of the Sky (Thean Hou Temple)

Tien-Hou, the Chinese Goddess of fishermen, used to be a mortal woman named Lin Moniang with four brothers who were all sailors, each with their own ship. One day while at the sea, Tien-Hou fell into a coma. Her mother tried to revive her and eventually succeeded, but Tien-Hou protested that she had been awakened too soon. Later that day, three of her brothers returned home, saying that their ships had nearly been destroyed in storms at sea, but that a vision of Tien-Hou had appeared to them and led them to safety. The fourth brother never returned, for Tien-Hou had been awakened before she could save him. From the time she died, people named her Princess of Supernatural Favor.

Tien-Hou means “Empress of the Sky”, but she is known by many names throughout China. This syncretised temple with elements of BuddhismTaoism and Confucianism is a grandiose structure and represents a successful combination of modern architectural techniques and authentic traditional design featuring imposing pillars, spectacular roofs, ornate carvings and intricate embellishments.

How to go there?!
If you do not have any private vehicle with you, I highly recommend that you take a cab since the place is not accessible by train. You also have the option to ride the city rapid bus that stopped at the main road leading to Persiaran Endah, but the problem is that the Thean Hou Temple is situated on the top of Robson Hill, which means that you have to walk the steep initial ascent for about 5 to 10 minutes.  The exact address of the temple is 65 Persiaran Endah, off Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

External links:

http://www.goddessaday.com/southeast-asian/tien-hou
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thean_Hou_Temple

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