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Buddhits Cheng hoon Teng Temple In Malaysia

For all those of you who are interested in exploring Buddhism in the land of Malaysia, the Buddhist Temples and Monasteries hold a major attraction. Situated in various parts of this island country, these Buddhist Temples and Monasteries allow you to learn more about Buddhism and its significance in Malaysia.

Worthvisiting Buddhist Temples and Monasteries in Malaysia include Buddhist Maha Vihara, Dharma Realm Guan Monastery, Thean Hou Temple (all in Kuala Lumpur); Cheng Hoon Teng (in Malacca); Kek Lok Si Temple, Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram, Khoo Kongsi, Kuan Yin Temple, Snake Temple ( all in Penang) and Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (in Taiping). Apart from these, there are many more Buddhist Temples and Monasteries that make for an enlightening visit.

In this section, you will find information on the Temples and Monasteries cited above. There are details regarding location and accessibility to a temple, its history and present position and architecture and various structures within. Moreover, you can also know about the other Buddhist Temples and Monasteries that are nearby and can be clubbed together in a single trip.

With all the information infront, you can immediately start off planning your trip to Malaysia for a Buddhist trip. This trip, as you will realise later, will give you a deep insight into Buddhism in general and in context of Malaysia specifically.

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emperor abdicated the throne but retained his exterior power and influence. The emperor who retired became Daja Tenno and those who entered Buddhist monastic community became Dajo Hoo or the cloistered emperor.

In 1183, Go-Shirakawa came to know that Minamoto no Yoshinaka, a general of the later Hein period and a member of the Minamoto Samurai clan, had planned to kidnap him. By doing this, Minamoto no Yoshinaka wished to form a new government. Go-Shirakawa tried to stop him but his efforts went in vein. Yoshinaka captured Kyoto in 1183 and a year later, invaded the palace monastery of Hojujiden. The buildings of the palace monastery were set ablaze, the residents were assassinated and the cloistered emperor captured.
As of today, the temple has been reconstructed and houses a tomb of Emperor Go-Shirakawa.


Located in central Honshu, near the southwest end of Lake Biwa, Kyoto is surrounded by hills. Kyoto is the fifth largest city of Japan occupying an area of more than 600 sq km. Every year millions of tourists pour in Kyoto to explore its religious and cultural attraction that is largely the result of the 1100 years of service as emperors' residence. The city is also home to a large number of Buddhist temples that are principle centres of the different sects of Buddhism. For a Buddhist tourist, a visit to Japan, and in specific a visit to Kyoto is a must is a highly rewarding experience.

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  • The Byodoin Temple : Originally a country residence of the Fuziwara family, the Byodoin Temple came up in 1952. The temple comprises the main hall the Kannon-do which are also known as the Phoneix Hall and the Tsuridono ("Fishing Hall") respectively. The temple is a wonderful example of the temple architecture of the Heian period. 

  • Daikaku-ji Temple : Located close to the Ozawa pond, the Daikaku-ji Temple was established in 876. The temple is quiet popular for its Heian era garden which is counted amongst the oldest gardens in Kyoto. The templeis open from 9.30am to 6.30 pm. 

  • Daitoku-ji Temple : This is a temple associated with the Rinzai sect of Japanese Buddhism. It was founded in 1324, however, the civil wars of 15th century caused immense damage to it. The structure that stands today dates back to the 16th and the 17th century. There are a total of 22 buildings but only 7 of them are open for people to visit. The main hall of the temple houses a statue of Shakyamuni with his disciples Anna and Kayo and a figure of Daito-kokushi, first Abbot of the temple. The Zen garden of the temple is also quiet popular with the visiting tourists. Fushimi-Inari Shrine Established in 711, this shrine is dedicated to the goddess of rice-growing, Ukanomitama-no-mikoto.The temple is highly revered by the tradesmen and the merchants of Japan who seek the blessings of the deity for gaining prosperity.
  • Ginkakuji Temple : Constructed in 1482 by the eighth Ashikaga Shogun as a country residence, Ginkakuji is a Zen temple. The temple stands by the pool and is a two storeyed structure with the upper one housing the gilded statue of Kannon. The main hall is also located on the upper floor and houses an important statue of Buddha. Quiet closeby is a tea room. The temple is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

  • The Koryuji Temple : Also known as the Uzumasa-dera, the Koryuji Temple was founded by Hata Kawakatsu in 622. The Lecture Hall of this temple is the second oldest building of Kyoto and houses three statues - seated Buddha, thousand - handed Kannon and Fukukenjaku-Kannon. The temple also has a museum displaying wooden statues of the Yakushi-nyorai and Miroku-bosatsu. From March to November, the temple is open from 9 am to 5 pm while from December to February, it is open from 9 am to 4.30 pm. 

  • The Nishi-Honganji Temple : The primary temple of the original Jodo-shinsu sect, the Nishi-Honganji Temple is open to public only partially. The main hall of the temple has a statue of Amida while the Founder's Hall has a much revered statue of Shinran, probably carved by himself in 1244. The treasury has a richly carved gateway, Kara-mon. 

  • Sanjusangen-do : The temple was orginally constructed in 1164 but the structure that is seen today came up in 1266. Worthseeing in this temple is the 1001 statues of "Kannon with a Thousand Hands". The statue in the centre is around 10 feet tall. From November to March, the temple is open from 9 am to 4 pm while from April to October, it is open from 9 am to 5 pm.
 How To Reach
By Air - The Kansai International Airport in Osaka is the one of the most important one in Japan for foreign tourists to enter Japan. From the airport, limousine buses and trains are available to transfer you to Kyoto city.

By Train - Trains connect Kyoto to destinations like Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe and Himeji.

By Bus - Buses connect Kyoto to almost all other major towns and cities of japan. One of the most important bus operators is the JR Bus Group and it runs buses from the Tokyo area to Kansai. The buses reach Kyoto via Tomei Expressway or the Chuo Expressway. 

For roaming around in the city, transportation option like bicycles, trains, subways and buses are available.

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