Kuala Lumpur – the city of three religions
Malaysia – the country is young and multinational, because its inhabitants pushed from all over the Maste Asian. No wonder that there are many religions in this country, and each has its own interesting places. Traveling through Kuala Lumpur, I decided to put the day to be completely devoted to religions, and rather urban religious attractions, and that’s what happened.
Part 1 – Kuala Lumpur Muslim.
You know, in the center of Southeast Asia, I was less expected to meet a Muslim country. Despite the fact that around the Buddhist and Hindu countries, 60% of the population of Malaysia Muslims! Apparently, these are descendants of the great Mughal, who once ruled in Northern India and Central Asia. Anyway, Islam is the main religion of Malaysia, so it is logical to start the view of the city from its main Muslim attractions. Early in the morning, immediately after breakfast, I went to Masdzhid Jama – the oldest (and on promises the most beautiful) in Kuala Lumpur Muslim mosque.
This mosque was built in 1909 on the spot where the first settlers of Kuala Lumpur appeared – on the merger of the rivers Gombak and Club. Later here was the first city cemetery, but at the beginning of the 20th century the cemetery decided to bury, and in its place they built one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. Masjid Jamek is built in the style of Indian Northern Mughal (as well as the famous Taj Mahal), but unfortunately to appreciate his beauty fully I could not. The global reconstruction of the mosque was in full swing, they were not allowed inside, and I barely barely persuaded the guard to let me down for the fence to do at least a couple of personnel from the yard. Well, there will be where to go if fate will bring me to this Asian megalopolis. (P.S. Now the construction completed and the mosque is open again for visitors)
Masosle Masjid Jamek was the main mosque of the country, while in 1965 did not build a new big national mosque, in which we will go further. The path there lies through the Chinese quarter (in which there is also a lot of interesting things), near the stop "Paasar Seni" go through the river and go to a special transition to the Central Station of Kuala Lumpur, which in itself is a landmark, and not just a station.
And here, we already see a high snow-white tower – Minaret National Mosque Negara.
Negara – Main Mosque of All Malaysia. And what should be the main place of religion in the country? Right, huge and beautiful, and Negar’s mosque is just such! Although the beauty of the Negara is still an amateur, it’s too modern.
The mosque is open to all, regardless of faith and nationality, the entrance is completely free, but you need to observe a strict dress code. For those who have the appearance of the inappropriate, at the entrance are hanging here such here are the pink hijabs that can be put on the time of visiting the mosque. But we, men, easier, are enough to have shorts to knees and a T-shirt covering shoulders. But women will most likely have "dress up", Women should be covered with all from heels to head!
On the territory of the mosque you can safely walk and take pictures than I did. All glitters, the cleanliness is perfect, and the air conditioners create a pleasant coolness that is so lacking on the hot and stuffy streets of the city.
Only Muslims can be included in the main hall, you can only look around and evaluate its dimensions. It is said that here at the same time can be 8 thousand people, Although, it seems to me, they will be closed here. Perhaps speaking about 8,000 people, meant the whole mosque, and not only her main hall.
On this with the Muslim Kuala Lumpur we finish, the two most mosques of the city looked, it’s time to go further, and then we have.
Part 2 – Kuala Lumpur Hindu.
Hindus in Malaysia is not enough (according to statistics about 6%), but at the same time in Kuala Lumpur can be found "Little India", Many Hindu temples and even a huge cave temple complex known throughout the Asian Hindu World. We will begin our acquaintance with Hinduism in Kuala Lumpur from the oldest Indian temple – Sri Mahamariamman.
This temple is located in the Chinese quarter, not far from the station "Paasar Seni", so it is very convenient to go along the way from Masjid Jamek, What I did. This is the oldest of the current Indian temples on the territory of Malaysia, while he does not look at all old. Here with clothes, everything is simpler, you just need to remove shoes, and women wear a fabric to the skirts with scarves, and welcome to the temple, like everywhere – completely free. We just got on "Puju" – Hindu service, and it is always interesting.
Now let’s go further, in the most famous Hindu place Kuala Lumpur. Just half an hour on the train from the central station and we are on the spot – famous for the whole world Caves Batu. This is a huge natural and temple complex, which has become a cult destination and Malaysian "Mecca" For all Hindus, both local and visiting.
Batu is a complex of four caves, the most important of which is the temple. And it is she who is the main Hindu attraction, as it is there and is the temple, or I would even say the temples, for their already many.
Once this cave liked one of the nonsense Tamil emigrant from India, who built the temple here to his beloved God Murugan. The path to this temple is not easy, although the temple itself is quite modest. But here the main thing is not its size, but the place in which it is built. All the same build in the cave is not so easy.
except "Light" Temple Cave Complex Batu includes three more – "Dark" Cave, Frame Cave and Cave Villa. The dark cave is just a dark cave, in which there is nothing but dark and bats (but for her viewing will have to pay). Cave Villa is a museum and attraction for tourists, but the frame cave, in my opinion, deserves attention.
There is no temple in this cave (more precisely, it is, but outside the entrance), but there is a magical "Lingam", And besides, you can first get to know the events of Indian Ramayana – Books on the expathers and adventures of the god frame.
And we end up with Hinduism in Kuala Lumpur, sit down in the train and go further, because we have .
Part 3 – Kuala Lumpur Buddhist.
In Malaysia, 20% of Buddhists, so Buddhist temples are enough here. True temples are not quite Buddhist, and soon you will know why. Still in the morning on the road from Masjid Jamek To Negara We have gone "on Ogonek" in small Temple Guandy in the Chinese quarter.
This temple is dedicated Guan Di (or Guan Yu) – the famous Chinese general who after death became the God of War. But he is not a Buddha! – You say. Right, but this is not the temple of the Buddhist, but Taoist. Although in essence there is all the same, only instead of the Buddha – the Taoist God of War. But believe me, nothing bothers to go here Buddhist and pray calmly. Yes, and Buddha in this temple you will definitely find anywhere.
We left the main Chinese temple for the evening, especially in the evening he had to be the most beautiful and photogenic. This is a famous temple Tian How, which is located on a large hill slightly away from the Kuala Lumpur business center next to Malnia India. In the same paradox, the coolest Indian temple is in the Chinese quarter, and the largest Chinese – in Indian. Yes, everything stirred in the Malaysian metropolis.
Unfortunately, you can get to the temple either by car or on foot. But climbing the hill from the train station to which we arrived from the caves Batu, the desire and time was not. I caught a taxi and after 10 minutes we were on top of the hill where we met some kind of Chinese sage. And maybe Lao Ji himself, since the Taoism is so popular here?
Tian How – The largest, most famous and most beautiful Chinese temple in Kuala Lumpur. He was built emigrants from Hainan quite recently, about 30 years ago, so this is Novodel (as well as the whole Kuala Lumpur). But it is very good and beautiful Novode. And this is not just a temple, but a whole temple complex, but what you see in the photo is only his main building. The temple kopeck itself occupies almost the entire hill.
This temple is named Tian How – the Chinese marine goddess, known as Mazu. But next to her in the main hall is also worth the goddess Guanin, which is revered by Buddhists and is one of the embodiments Avalokiteshwara. Probably, that is why this temple is equally revered by both Taois and Buddhists, and it is impossible to say exactly, the Taoist He or Buddhist. But he definitely – Chinese!
For all Malaysian Chinese (as well as for all Chinese tourists), this is a very sacred and popular place. Especially love the Chinese to arrange the wedding here. There is even a special banquet hall here so that immediately after the ceremony, without leaving the temple, it was possible to immediately go to celebrate! When we visited the temple, there were just covered tables and prepared for another wedding.
The temple is located on the hill slightly away from the city center, so it opens a great view of Kuala Lumpur. And in the evening, after sunset, thousands of lanterns are lit in the temple, which is why it becomes even more beautiful than the day.
But I was not lucky with the weather – I went heavy rain. The sky tightly tightened the clouds and about sunset, as well as about the beautiful light, it was possible to forget. In addition, I wanted to eat and relax after a very saturated walk "by holy places", Therefore, without waiting for the inclusion of flashlights, we drove back into your native boutique Bintang to the street of the curmonary.
That’s just for 1 day I managed to get acquainted with the three main religions of the huge Kuala Lumpur, visiting his most iconic religious places.
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