Monday, January 8, 2018


A rather sad sign of discrimination and racism!
There is a whole lot of regular places which I visit when in Kuala Lumpur. Most are historic places which have existed for a long time, but who knows how much longer they will be around in a city which is growing on all ends. Places for praying and for relaxing, still free to enter and visit during their opening hours and unlike one temple which just dropped off my list of favourite places, which just issued a ban on visitors (aka tourists). One of my favourite temples used to be the Buddhist temple in Ampang, which is an awesome place for worship and prayer has started to stop non-local visitors or anyone who looks like a tourist at their door step. Despite the great vegetarian restaurant which serves food to visitors behind the prayer hall, I will now no longer visit this place because it is pure discrimination and racist behaviour to not let anyone inside who simply looks like a tourist. I was looking forward to join the prayer but I was stopped at the entrance simply because I look like a western tourist. And of course western people can't possibly be Buddhists, right? 

As for the other temples, I will continue to visit them for a prayer and donations!  The awesome Kwan Yin temple, tucked in between several main roads and a stadium, the Sri Maha Mariammam Indian Temple, where you take your shoes off before you enter one of the most amazing Indian temples in SE Asia, and the picturesque Chinese temples Guan Di and a bit further down the street Sin Sze Si Ya Temple. They are all embedded in their local worshippers community and tourists are still a rare sight.  Not to forget the newly renovated Chan She Shu Yuen Clan Ancestral Hall!

All of them are within walking distance and can be combined with a visit to Petaling Street and the shops in Chinatown or with the overwhelming Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad Mosque and the historic old town of Kuala Lumpur. 

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