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Thean Hou Temple - Malaysia’s Most Visually Impressive Temple
The Chinese Thean Hou Temple is apparently one of the most visually impressive in Malaysia and was built by the Hainanese community living in Kuala Lumpur. It's dedicated to the Heavenly Mother, Thean Hou and her statue takes centre stage in the main hall.


Featuring six-tiers, this Chinese temple is located on a hill overlooking Jalan Syed Putra and was officially opened in 1989. There are a couple of ways to get there and we took the monorail to Tun Sambanthan station, which resulted in a half hour walk and then a climb up the hill (via a road). We probably could have taken a taxi, though nothing beats the exercise.

Kuala Lumpur River Lizard Eats Catfish
Being a city boy, I got rather ashamedly excited in Kuala Lumpur when we spotted a monitor lizard in the river just outside Tun Sambanthan monorail station. We were on the way back from Thean Hou Temple when we spotted this fella - can you make him out in the photos below?


In the photo above, he had just crawled out of the river and had dumped that massive catfish on the ground in front of him. In the photo below, you can see the catfish already halfway down his throat!

Sungei Wang Plaza’s Hidden Food Court
We found ourselves at one of Kuala Lumpur's many shopping malls, the Sungei Wang Plaza. There wasn't any particular reason for going, but after wandering around the rabbit warren of shopping aisles, we tried to find the signposted food court.


The strange thing was that the place was listed as being on the fourth floor and we actually found ourselves on the third floor taking an escalator up to the roof, where there was a massive car park.


To cut a long story short, the roof was a combination of open air and covered car park, but part of the covered bit, behind enclosing walls, concealed the advertised food court in question. Groan.

Anyway, luxurious it weren't, but the food court was pretty big. Though it clearly wasn't peak hour, there were still plenty of diners and so we wandered around the stalls along the walls to choose our meal.



We ended up at this place which basically displays everything you can get on a massive long table. The chap behind the table gave us a plate of rice each and then we could spoon over as much as we liked from the table to accompany our rice.


Most of the dishes were repeated along the table, but the variety was there, mixing meat and seafood with vegetables. After choosing, we just showed our plates to a seated woman further behind the table who made a rough calculation and stated the price (which was very cheap - typically for Malaysia!)


It was difficult to outline exactly what we put on our plates, but aside from the obvious vegetables, we chose a mixture of bbq pork, tofu, chicken wings and curry, amongst other foods. I've no doubt that probably part of the selection was vegetarian (mock-meat) too.

The Sungei Wang website
Kampung Baru - Malay Village
In attempting to experience as much as we could (in three days) about the three cultures of the Chinese, India and Malay, we took a wander around the Malay area of Kampung Baru, after our earlier visits to Chinatown and Little India.


It was within walking distance of our hotel near the Medan Tuanku monorail station, so we made the visit our early evening mission before retiring for the day.

Kuala Lumpur Bird Park Part 4 - Ostrich Feeding
The Kuala Lumpur Bird Park was superb for a number of reasons least of all for something as simple as leaving out a basket of veggies. Yes, we had come to the ostrich enclosure for feeding time!


We had to walk into a cage room which was right next to the ostriches. There was a large, full basket of green leaves on a table in the middle - of course out of reach of the long-necked birds. There weren't any keepers around so we assumed the best of the situation and started feeding the leaves to the ostriches!

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