Daily Journey Journal #133: beautiful spaces

The giant statue of Lord Murugan outside the Batu Caves shrine and temple

The giant statue of Lord Murugan outside the Batu Caves shrine and temple

Today was our last day in Kuala Lumpur and what a wonderful few days we have had. Every day was leisurely and simple, the perfect way to have a vacation, and yet we still managed to see most of the amazing sites in the city. Interestingly, most of our wanderings took us away from the ultra popular tourist destinations, like the towers and shopping districts, and instead we found ourselves visiting mostly religious sites.

Hindu Temple Pensar Seni

The Hindu temple just down the street from the hostel where we are staying.

Getting to visit the temples, shrines and mosques was a huge privilege and delight for me. Never before have I been in a place where so many faiths live side by side. With so little exposure to religions other than Christianity, I have often wondered about what worship spaces look like. Reading about them doesn’t compare at all to seeing them.

The National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

The National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur

My curiosity was met in full over the last few days. I loved walking through the quiet, airy halls of the National Mosque, absorbing the colors and incense of the Hindu temples, and admiring the dragons adorning the Chinese temples. Each faith has such unique and beautiful worship spaces and I feel lucky to have been able to visit them.

Then Hou Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in the city.

Then Hou Temple, one of the oldest Chinese temples in the city.

Kuala Lumpur has been a fantastic visit for us. If you ever have the chance to visit, I highly recommend it!

 

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