Thean Hou Temple (GPS: 6.33608, 99.81279) is a major Chinese temple in Langkawi. At time of writing (Sept 2018), this is possibly the newest and biggest Chinese temple on the island. The temple was only completed in late 2017.
As its name suggests, the Langkawi Thean Hou Temple was built for the veneration of Mazu, the Chinese sea goddess, who is known by various names and titles including Ma3cu1 Poh2 in Hokkien and the Mandarin title Thean Hou 天后, which means "Queen/Empress of Heaven". The colossal temple, covering a floor area of 2,368 square meters, sits at the top of a flight of grand staircase, within a 1.5-acre plot in Taman Seri Aman off Jalan Padang Gaung, Langkawi.
The Langkawi Thean Hou Temple building comprises a grand porch and a prayer hall. These are sheltered by a double-tier Chinese temple roof with curved roof ridges. The roof ridges, which are ornamented with colourful porcelain pieces, are embellished with prancing dragons and glowing orbs.
The front porch of Langkawi Thean Hou Temple is supported by eight stout granite columns that are ornately carved with mytical dragons. The front façade is punctuated by a main door flanked by a pair of side doors. These are decorated with pairs of door gods.
The Langkawi Thean Hou Temple was built at a cost of RM8 million. It will become a venue for various cultural and festive celebration of the local Chinese community.
Thean Hou Temple
Taman Seri Amanm
07000 Bandar Kuah, Kedah.
Langkawi Thean Hou Temple (8 September, 2018)
The front porch of Langkawi Thean Hou Temple has a ceiling that is richly ornamented. (8 September, 2018)
Ceiling of the front porch decoated with murals depicting various legendary scenes. (8 September, 2018)
Ceiling at the front entrance is decorated with Chinese Phoenix. (8 September, 2018)
Joss stick urn at the front entrance of Thean Hou Temple. (8 September, 2018)
One of the six door gods at the entrance of Thean Hou Temple. (8 September, 2018)
Prayer hall of Thean Hou Temple with imageries of deities. (8 September, 2018)
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