Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, Kuala Lumpur

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    SZE YA TEMPLE

    by alyf1961 Written Nov 18, 2014

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    This temple is located off Lebuh Pudu. It is built at an angle believed to be conducive with feng shui. This is the oldest Taoist temple in Kuala Lumpur. It was founded in 1864 by Yap Ah Loy. Loy was the 3rd Kapitan China, (this was the head of the Chinese community in Kuala Lumpur). The Kapitan was installed by Rajah Abdulliah, who was chief of Selengor, it was his way of keeping control of the Chinese community, who were known for their secret societies. Yap was an ambitious immigrant from South China. He secured victory in1873, over a bloody civil war, involving different Chinese groups and local Malayans. The arrival of the first British residents in 1874 put an end to the fighting. Yap became headman in 1874, a post he held until his death in 1886. He is credited with creating a modern Kuala Lumpur and establishing the city as an economic success. Yap funded the building of the temple and a statue of him stands to the left of the main alter. On the back wall are deities what are these? Of Si Sze Ya and Sin Sze Ya. There are elaborate carvings in the temple. The entrance is guarded by statues of lions and storks.
    The Temple smells of incense and the many wood carvings give the Temple a tranquil feel.
    YOU CAN HAVE YOUR FOURTUNE READ HERE FOR AN EXTRA CHARGE.

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    Sze Ya Taoist Temple.

    by Askla Updated Dec 10, 2012

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    The temple was founded in 1864 by Yap Ah Loy, a Chinese man considered one of the founders of Kuala Lumpur itself. There is a statue of him inside the temple.

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    Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010

    Located just over the busy main road from the main Chinatown area, this temple was first built by Yap Ah Loy in the 1864 in honour of the famous Kapitan Shin Kap of Sungei Ujong (present day Seremban). The temple was relocated to its present site, determined by feng shui (hence it's odd position and angle) in 1885. It's a great little temple to go and witness everyday Chinese worshippers.

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    Sze Ya Temple

    by limledi Updated Feb 19, 2010

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    Oldest Taoist temple in the city with a long history. It features an ornate interior & elaborate roof ridges. It pay tribute to the deities, Sin Sze Ya & Si Sze Ya. Its unusual position behind several shop houses, creating unusual angle of walls, arches & stairways.

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    Sze Ya Temple

    by apbeaches Updated Oct 12, 2009

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    Sze Ya Temple is acclaimed to be the oldest Taoist temple in Kuala Lumpur. Located in the Chinatown area near Central Market, the temple was built by Kapitan Yap Ah Loy-one amongst the founders of KL, in 1864. Sze Ya Temple is the local version of Sin Sze Si Ya Temple. Its unique structure is a fine specimen of the traditional Chinese architecture, based on Feng Shui principles. The temple boasts of elaborate interiors and intricate roof ridges. It is said to have been built by craftsmen from southern China.

    The temple is dedicated to Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya, the patron deities of the residents of Kuala Lumpur. Sze Ya Temple is different in a way that the deities worshipped here are not the Chinese traditional deities, rather two people who were elevated to the position of deities for their merit. It is believed that the prophecies of Sze Ya guided these people during the Selangor Civil War and made them to triumph. And that's how, these people happened to be worshipped by the locals.

    Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is one of the 13 temples in Peninsular Malaysia that are dedicated to Xian Shi Ye. It features a main hall and two side halls. Moreover, century-old sedan chairs, which used to be employed in the religious processions earlier, are displayed at the temple entrance. Sze Ya Temple in Kuala LumpurA memorial plaque in the honor of the pioneers - Chan Sow Lin, Yap Ah Shak, Yap Ah Loy, and Yap Kwan Seng, is also placed at the entrance.

    On our visit to this temple, we witnessed the practice of old Chinese customs, like prayers to the White Tiger Deity or people worshipping under tables. Sze Ya Temple was a must-visit place in KL as it represents the rich heritage of Malaysia.

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    Sze Ya Temple

    by cs_zee Written Oct 12, 2007

    This is the oldest Taoist temple in the city with a history dating back to 1864. built by Kapitan Cina Yap Ah Loy, on of the the founding fathers of Kuala Lumpur, it features an ornate interior and elaborate roof ridges.

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    Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

    by mansionion Updated Jan 11, 2005

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    THE Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is said to be the oldest Taoist temple in Kuala Lumpur.

    The temple was founded by Yap Ah Loy, the third Kapitan China (Chinese Leader) of Kuala Lumpur, in remembrance of his mentor who was killed in one of the frequent feuds between the clans at the peak of the tin mining days in KL. It was named “Sze-Ya,” meaning “adviser,” which is a reflection of his mentor’s role as an adviser among his clan.

    As a tribute to its founder, some spaces within the temple are dedicated to Yap Ah Loy, with his statute sit prominetly in the altars area.

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    Sin Sze Sin-Ya Temple

    by chiabh Updated Jun 5, 2004

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    This is the oldest temple in Kuala Lumpur and was founded by Yap Ah Loy, Kuala Lumpur's third Kapitan China... Endowed with elaborately carved pillars, beams, altars and decrorative items as well as paintings and photographs, the temple is a treasure trove of antiques and artworks that reflect the local Chinese's unique culture...

    It houses the sculptures of patron deities Sinn Sze-Ya and Si Sze-Ya as well as other deities including the Goddess of Mercy (Guan Yin), the Deity of Education Man Cheong, the White Tiger Pak Foo, Thai Soi, Choi Sun and Choi Pak Seng Kuan...Some spaces on the altars are dedicated to Kapitan Yap Ah Loy...

    A must visit for those interested in Chinese architectural style...

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    Name...?

    by black_mimi99 Written May 19, 2006

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    I don't know the name of this temple, located before petaling street. But it's unique and so many idols on the wall....

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