Do you remember me telling you about the Secret Temple of Yap Ah Loy (also known as the Sin Sze Si Sze Ya Temple) that is hidden away near Petaling Street? Well, we finally got a chance to visit it! This temple happens to be featured in the New York Times as an attraction in KL – did you know that?
Not many people know about this temple but it was built by Yap Ah Loy, founder of KL who has left a legacy. His great granddaughter is the famous high society aunty who married an old time Shell man whom you will see regularly at high society soirees.
The temple is built within a courtyard in a funny angle that doesn’t gel with the surrounding rectangular planned buildings, must’ve been a feng shui thing. See below, where the man is walking towards? That leads you to the hidden entrance.
On the other side of that entrance is the other more prominent entrance.
The temple is interesting if you go with an experienced tour guide who can explain to you its history and the stories of all the Gods and superstitions. The Chinese have a God for everything. Below is I believe the God of black magic. Should you be unlucky enough to be down with some bad luck and believe that someone has done something bad to you, this is the God to see and pray to. I think?
The beautiful sun-decked roof above……
The famous Goddess of Mercy – Kuan Yin.
A statue of Yap Ah Loy and behind on the wall I think are other guys who continued to run the temple.
Another part of the roof! I wasn’t sure what that was for but it looked like some kind of contraption.
I think these were the Gods whom you pray to to ask for forgiveness. Every year, these Gods are angered by 4 animals in the Chinese Calendar thus those born in the years of these 4 animals must go to the temple to pray to these Gods. My Dad usually does this on our behalf.
I can’t remember now what this God was for but he/she looks like quite a calm God. Oh yes! She is the Goddess of Beauty!!! See on the left bottom corner??? Ladies bring lots of make up and powder to offer to this God if they want to be beautiful…..
Not quite sure what these were….
Below is self explanatory…..
That’s the incinerator for prayers. If you wanted your prayers to go to Heaven, you put them in there and the ashes will fly up to Heaven in order for the Gods to receive them……
Another view of the temple outdoors
And finally, the inner entrance of the temple along some back lane that nobody enters.
I’ve not been to a temple with so many different Gods. I think there were like 15-20 different Gods in there! If you can find yourself someone to guide you there, it really is worth going. Otherwise, you could pay RM500-1000 for an English guide for the morning session for an interesting story telling session on old Chinese mythology!**************************************************************************
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