Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, Kuala Lumpur

#4 of 47 in Historic Sites in Kuala Lumpur
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Admire the oldest Hindu temple in the city at Sri Maha Mariamman Temple. Founded in 1873 on the edge of Chinatown, the place of worship functioned for many years as a private shrine for the Pillai family who built it. The impressive five-tiered gopuram (a South Indian monumental tower) that juts out above the entrance features 228 idols and sets the tone for the ornate decor of the interior. The temple's spatial design represents a human body lying on its back, with its feet pointing east, head pointing west: walk through the temple and consider the connections between each room and the part of the body you are in. Plan your Sri Maha Mariamman Temple visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kuala Lumpur using our Kuala Lumpur online trip itinerary planner.
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  • A very big temple and a rather old one built in the early 1900s. Kept very clean and well maintained.  more »
  • The shape of this temple immediately recalls you the temples you can find in Southern India, in cities like Madras/Chennai, but this one is well-hidden in KL. When you get there, you will feel like...  more »
  • Really a good experience inside the temple. It was very traditional and peaceful. There was traditional music being played during the evening prayers. You have no such restrictions and also there is prasad to eat at the end of prayer and evening ceremony. The people were good there and offered us food with great welcome nature. we loved it
  • Nice worship place. Love the way the entire temple is designed. People from Tamilnadu would feel at home while visiting here. Clean maintenance, good management.

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