Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

Sze Si Ya Temple is a temple built by Yap Ah Loy which is the founder of Kuala Lumpur in 1864. It is located just a three minutes walk from Petaling Street.

The temple is dedicated to the deities Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya which are based on real personalities, Sheng Meng Li and Chung Lai. He believed these two persona played significant roles in his ascension to Kapitan status and guided him during the civil war.

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple is the oldest Taoist temple in Kuala Lumpur. The whole temple is coloured in red. It comprises a main prayer hall and two smaller side halls. The temple grounds host open-air pavilions where devotees can light incense and joss sticks.

The temple functions as a cultural centre for the city’s Chinese community and is usually busy during Chinese New Year. Many devotees come here to pray for good luck. There are also a ritual of ridding the bad luck or reversing dark magic held here. Moreover, the visitors can have their fortune read here with a small fee of RM1.

The temple is accessible by public transportation. The nearest station is Pasar Seni LRT Station.

Image by: Jennifer

Opening Hours

Daily: 7.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m


There is no entrance fee. However praying items have to be bought.


113A, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Hear From Others

The temple exuded an inexplicable charm that I haven’t experienced elsewhere. While other temples are noisy and filled with devotees hustling and bustling around, this was calmingly peaceful despite the crowd that had gathered there.


For those who ‘Fan Tai Sui’ this year and would like to ‘Sip Tai Sui’, you can go to Sin Sze Si Ya Temple to ‘settle’ it. For those who are on the luckier side, you can still go over and pray for yourself and your family members. And finally for those who do not believe in whatever I said, you too can go over to have a look at this historical temple for viewing pleasure. (:


A specialty of the temple is that, all kinds of traditional rituals or custom made rituals are offered. Some examples of the rituals are Changing of luck, Stopping defamation by others and Borrowing of Wealth. The temple caretakers will explain the type of rituals work best for worshipper.

Dato gong

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Jamek Mosque

Located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak River, Jamek Mosque is one of the oldest mosques built in Kuala Lumpur.

Panggung Bandaraya DBKL

Panggung Bandaraya DBKL is the oldest theatre hall in Malaysia. The building now is gazetted as a heritage building under the Antiquities Act.

Sri Mahamariamman Temple

The Sri Mahamariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Kuala Lumpur. It is built in the style of South Indian temples.