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Places to Visit: Kuan Yin Temple ( Goddess of Mercy Temple )

Updated on October 5, 2012

Day 5, HUB # 5

If you are on a holiday trip to Malaysia, do drop by at Johor Bahru, one of the southern states in Malaysia, just across the causeway to Singapore. Take a glimpse of the magnificent view of the Kuan Yin Temple ( Goddess of Mercy Temple- a Chinese Temple ), located at Taman Perling, easily spotted on the main road of Jalan Persisiran Perling 1.

Every year before the Dongzhi Festival ( Winter Solstice Festival ), which is usually celebrated on the 22nd of December , my mother-in-law would remind us to visit the Kuan Yin Temple in order to give thanks to the Goddess of Mercy and Buddha for the well being, unity and harmony within the family. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to visit the Chinese temple, even though I am not a Buddha believer, just the rest of the family members are Buddha worshippers.

It is compulsory for them to bring a big bottle of red prayer oil and 6 oranges that symbolize the gifts for God. Oranges symbolize a life, wish for good luck and a new beginning for the next year while the red oil is to pray for God’s answer to the devotee prayers, vows, offerings and sacrifices.

Magnificient Kuan Yin Statue , also known as Goddess of Mercy
Magnificient Kuan Yin Statue , also known as Goddess of Mercy | Source
Orange gold "Koi" fishes in the pond swimming freely
Orange gold "Koi" fishes in the pond swimming freely | Source

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The Kuan Yin ( The Goddess Of Mercy )

The Kuan Yin Temple is quite a new temple painted with bright red and gold colors, compare to those old temples at the town area and Muar which had existed for centuries and run down paintings.

This temple honors the statue of Kuan Yin ( Goddess of Mercy ) and Buddha, where you definitely could not missed the gigantic Kuan Yin statue located on the left hand side corner of the temple entrance.

Kuan Yin is shown in a white flowing robe, standing in the middle of a small pond, wearing the necklace of Chinese royalty. In the left hand, she is shown holding a pitcher pouring out holy water into the small pond, while on her right hand, she made a sign of “Peace” . For those who believed the holy water could bless them from harm, they had to kneel down in order to touch the water.

Surrounding the small pond are bushes of short, round green trees and you could find lots of mature "Koi" Japanese fishes, also known as "Carp" fishes, swimming in harmony, once in a while popping up their heads on to the surface of the water, hoping to catch some food. According to Chinese custom, rearing gold fishes signify good luck and prosperity swimming into your way. However in Japan, "Koi" symbolize love and friendship, commonly kept as pet fish in fish ponds and water gardens.The peaceful surrounding depicts inner peace, tranquility and contentment to a person’s heart.

This scene shows an ancient chinese man praying to his ancestors which indicates filial
This scene shows an ancient chinese man praying to his ancestors which indicates filial | Source
Large round urn filled with  joss sticks, in front of the temple
Large round urn filled with joss sticks, in front of the temple

Catch Beautiful Sights of the Temple

The Entrance Wall

Outside the entrance wall, you could see 14 pictured stories, engraved onto the wall, 7 stories on the left and another 7 stories of the right hand side. Each of the story has its’ moral meaning which teaches devotees about filial piety, loyalty, love, sacrifices and many more.

The Large Round Urn

In front of the temple entrance, there is a large round urn with a uniquely carved dragon by the side. It is supported with 4 bended legs to hold onto its’ heavy weight as it is filled with heaps of sand for the devotees to place the burning joss sticks. I observed that each devotee would hold 3 sticks of long burning joss sticks with both palms pressed together, lift them a little higher than his head, closed his eyes and prayed, shook the joss sticks 3 times before poking them into the urn.

Simply Awesome!

Awesome Dragon pillar
Awesome Dragon pillar | Source
Magnificient phoenix
Magnificient phoenix
Male Imperial Guardian Lion holding onto the ball
Male Imperial Guardian Lion holding onto the ball

Beautiful Engraving on Pillars and Statues

Dragon and Phoenix Pillars

The main entrance of the Kuan Yin Temple is a beautiful sight to behold. There are 6 large tall grey pillars to support the temple’s high, broad, long roof.

Frankly speaking, I had enjoyed taking photos of the beautifully craved grey stones of the pillars. They were simply enchanting and captivating.

The first row consists of 3 pillars, engraved with entwined holy dragons while the second rows were 3 pillars engraved with holy phoenix like bird.

To my amazement, most of the young and old devotees do not know the signification of these unique creatures. Fortunately, I managed to enquire the caretaker of the temple who was elderly man who had answered to my curiosity.

Each of the front pillars has a dragon engraved onto it, coiling upward with his feet holding onto a ball which signify power, potency and “Yang”. While each of the back pillars has a phoenix engraved onto it with a head of a pheasant, the beak of a parrot, a body of a mandarin duck, wide long wings, feathers of an eagle and legs which resembles a crane. It symbolize virtue, grace, power and prosperity.

The Chinese Guardian Lions

AT the entrance of the Kuan Yin Temple, there is a pair of Chinese Guardian Lions, also known as “ShiShi” in Chinese, which literally means Stone Lion or Imperial Guardian Lion, sitting on each side of the front pillars, just at the foot of the dragon pillars.

These Chinese Guardian Lions were believed to have powerful mystic protective power to bring prosperity and protection. Hence, you will be able to find these remarkable Chinese Guardian Lions statue located in front of fengshui believers property such as home, restaurant, hotel and office.

Take a closer look at these lions’ features closely; they come in pairs; a male and a female. These lions are craved from granite stones, the male resting his front paws onto a ball which resembles the world while the female seems to be keeping her playful cub under her control by hiding it behind her back. Each of the impressive lions were tied with a piece of red ribbon around its neck, completed with a golden bell.


Front view of the temple leading to the 3 entrance, left, middle and right hand side.
Front view of the temple leading to the 3 entrance, left, middle and right hand side. | Source
a devotee knelt down to pray the other deities
a devotee knelt down to pray the other deities

Do's and Don't

Prayer Hall

From the front view of the temple, there are 3 entrances to proceed to the inner prayer hall. Two long sheet of rectangular red paper, filled with beautifully written calligraphy words were hung on each side of the entrance.

However, I have no entered the prayer hall yet because I was told not to, since I am a Christian follower.

Anyway, here are some tips on what you should do and shouldn't do if this is your first trip to the temple:-

1. Before you enter the inner prayer hall, one has to bow his head in order to pay respect to the temple, the Gods and deities, even though you are not a Buddhist.

2. You have to take off your shoes before entering the prayer hall, a simple human common concept when you enter your own home. It is advisable to wear slippers, sandals or any footwear which is easier for you to take off and put on.

3. Do not place your hands on the holy statues, don’t’ kiss them and don’t take any photos.

4. Do not wear indecently; such as singlet, low cut blouse, transparency clothing, short skirts and shorts that shows off your thongs or underwear. It is consider rude and disrespectful with such improper wearing code. Furthermore, these are not acceptable at holy places, even other religions in Asia. One must not forget to respect another country’s culture, conservative customs and religion.

Blacken Pagoda Furnace with a small door to close the ashes from flying everywhere
Blacken Pagoda Furnace with a small door to close the ashes from flying everywhere | Source

Time to do the Burning !

Pagoda Furnace

On your right hand side, there is a large furnace made from bricks, the height of a guard house, for the devotees to burn traditional joss papers which are sheets of square paper, gold and yellow in color with red prints in the middle.

These are burnt offerings for the God. The large furnace has the shape of a pagoda, with a curve up rooftop, carved with 4 dragons on each pointed sides.

There is a small aluminum door located in the middle of the pagoda furnace for the devotees to close it after burning the joss papers, This is to ensure that the burnt ashes does not scatter all over the floor, dirty and black stains surface on the floor when people step on them. Another brilliant idea to cut down the temple caretaker’s sweeping job.

Here are some information on how to get there:

Destination: Kuan Yin Temple ( The Goddess Of Mercy )

Located at: Jalan Persisiran Perling 1, Taman Perling, ( at Jalan Kosa 6 ) 81200 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Kuan Yin Temple Location
Kuan Yin Temple Location

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this fascinating tour

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      This is a detail and thorough guide to the temple and I am sure many will find this useful. Another awesome work here

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @mhatter99

      Thanks for reading my hub. Hope that you will drop by Malaysia someday.

      @ greatstuff

      Thanks for your compliment. You are from Malaysia too! I think all Chinese temple almost the same, right?

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      carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This hub is almost as good as visiting.. well done !!!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @carolina muscle

      Thanks for yr kind comments. I hope you would have a chance to visit a chinese temple too.

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      Gail 4 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

      So beautiful it all is! Almost like being there. Good hub!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks for your wonderful comment. When i took the photos, i was really amazed of the beauty of this chinese temple.

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      Shrikrishna Potdar 4 years ago from Bangalore

      Wow will definitely like to visit this beautiful place. Thanks for this short tour.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @shrik

      thanks for yr comments.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Your article arouses my curiosity. I am from Johor Bahru and I have never visited this temple before, although I might have passed by a few times. Will make it a point to drop by the next time I pass by. Great article!!!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Really? You should drop by at Taman Perling, just by the main road. You can see this majestic temple. Hope that you enjoy the view.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Yeah, will go there one day to feature the temple for my Johor Bahru website: http://johor-bahru-directory.com

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @walter

      just went to see your web, nice one.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Much work to be done... but my hands are full. Yesterday, I went to Setia Tropika to make a YouTube video. Actually, I have too many websites to handle... too greedy. At the moment, Malaysia is going to have an election soon and my Malaysia Factbook is enjoying high international traffic, probably from Malaysians overseas. So my attention is more focused towards: http://malaysiafactbook.com

      Not sure whether the traffic will remain the same after the general elections. Just have to keep my fingers crossed.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      well, congrats my friend. I am sure yr traffic flows will continue to rise and money keeps flowing in too.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Peachpurple, I just got my first hub approved and "featured" yesterday. More scope for cooperation, then...

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      congrats poon. did a well done job !!

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      June 4 years ago from From the Heart of God

      Wow! I've been to Johor Bahru many times in the late 80's when I was assigned to Singapore for a 3 years, but wasn't able to visit this or maybe it wasn't there yet that time? I would like to visit this hopefully before the end of this year as I will be in Klang, Malaysia in Oct. It will be a long drive but I hope it will worth the trip. Thanks for sharing.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Sweet Epistles, no need to drive all the way to JB just to see the temple, unless you want to meet me and Peachpurple, LOL. The Tien Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur is beautiful enough!

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thean_Hou_Temple

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @sweet

      thanks for reading my hub. Hope that you will have an enjoyable trip to malaysia.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @walter

      yeah, all the states in Malaysia has its' own chinese temple, actually more than 2, right?

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Peachpurple, obviously more than 2. Sometimes, even a small kampung has two. My point is that Sweet Epistles should not purposely make a trip here, just to see the temple, but if she's already in JB, that would be a totally different story altogether.

      (P/S: Peachpurple, that photo of the Kuan Yin statue is very well taken. What camera are you using? I think I'll have to upgrade my camera soon.)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Nokia N79, an old hag handphone with 5MP. You know, using buttons and instead of touch screen handphone. I don't own a camera. Most handphone pixels are great for photo taking. All the photos in my hubs were taken with my Nokia handphone.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Amazing! Better than my Olympus FE-270. Thought of getting a Canon, but after your reply, maybe it's that I don't know how to use digital cameras, LOL.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @walter

      You use olympus camera?! Very expensive brand. Don't get Canon. I had a digital camera-canon, kept using up the battery fast-not more than 10 photos. Sent back to Canon Service centre and loaded with lots of damn cannot listen excuses. In the end, that camera landed in the storeroom. Use handphone. Heard that Samsung S4 is coming out.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Peachpurple... I hardly carry a handphone these days. The shop told me that the 2 best brands today are Canon and Samsung... not even Nikon! Maybe I will look into a Samsung digital.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @walter

      you don't carry a handphone? Then how do your friends/family members contact u? samsung is good. Try Danga Mall, lots of computer and camera shops there.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Peachpurple, my handphone went dead the very day I left my job. That's why I don't use a handphone, LOL. Since I'm almost always at home, my friends/family members call me via the house phone.

      Danga Mall... which shop would you recommend? I went to Foto Ana at KSL where they recommended Canon. Would Christmas be a good time to get a better offer?

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Wait for the PC Fair, i think the event is held every 3 months or so at Danga Mall. I'll go check out which shop sells Samsung DC and let u know soon. So, you very sien after retirement, huh? Blogging is a great way to earn $$ and you did 10x better than me. What's your secret to success?

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Peachpurple, thank you for your assistance. I told you I wanted to reactivate my johor-bahru-directory.com website, right? I haven't had time for it yet because HubPages is more exciting.

      10x better? Where did you get the figure from? I've no secret for success. If there's anything I know, I will tell you, if you ask.

      Did you go to the Big Bad Wolf book sales at Danga Mall last month? I bought quite a number of books, but haven't had the time to read them yet.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      No, i didn't drop by the BBW sales. Didn't know about it. How much do you earn at HP per month? I earned USD $15 last month. Very low for 100 hubs.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      $5+ for 25 hubs... I used to get close to US$200 per month for my website but this month, it dips very badly. At most, I will get US$25. Part of the reason is because my Malaysiafactbook's traffic went down drastically after GE13.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Peachpurple, to keep my sanity, I give up on AdSense earnings and treat whatever I get as a bonus. Can't depend on it to cari makan! LOL.

      Now, I write what I want to write. In any case, if you see my hubs, I do not have a niche and I do not focus on finance articles, although I know finance ads fetch the best revenue per click. So also with my websites... they cover almost everything, except finance.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @walter

      Wah! Your own websites can fetch USD $25 per month is fantastic! The 7pm Taiwan drama just finish, is it? I can't stand watching that drama. Feel like strangling those actors and actresses! I like to read your hubs. Most of them are related to bloggers problems.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Great article with lots of useful tips or advice. Great places of worship.

      "inner peace, tranquility and contentment to a person’s heart".

      What I need most is the above, and you have touched on something extremely dear to me. Shalom.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i like visiting temples, calming effect

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Peachpurple, if you like calming effect, meditation can produce that in the comfort of your own home. Just go and attend any meditation course to learn the technique. Buddhism has a lot of free courses, but so are many others like Sahaja Yoga, and Raja Yoga. And, of course, there are also the paid ones like Transcendental Meditation. Once you learn the technique, it is with you forever. I meditated 2 days back, while waiting for my turn in the clinic for almost an hour. That's the beauty of meditation. You can also meditate in the toilet, while waiting for the business of the day to be over, LOL.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, I use Christian meditation when travelling in car. In toilet, maybe I should too

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      Poon Poi Ming 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Peachpurple, there is actually a lot of similarity between Buddhism and Christianity. Of the 10 Commandments, 5 are exactly the same as the Buddhist 5 Precepts. The other 5 Commandments cover Man's relationship with God.

      In Matthew 19:24, Jesus said to His disciples, "Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

      Do you know why? Buddhism explains why this is so. Buddhism is actually a philosophy but people made it into a religion. If you confine yourself to the philosophical aspects of Buddhism, you will find no conflict with Christianity and you may well understand Christianity even better.

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      richard wong 2 years ago

      is there any such temple at or near permas baru ?

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      its at tmn perling, permas i don't know

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      are you a christian? You sound so professional and a firm believer.

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      Mel92114 2 years ago

      Fascinating article. I loved this information on Kuan Yin. I would love to go there and see it in person one day. The pictures here are absolutely brilliant and make me want to go there even more!

      Brilliant work on a very interesting topic!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      hi mel92114

      thanks for yr comments. I am sure you will love to visit this place, serenity and peace

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      This would be a nice place to visit. Thanks so much for the information and photos.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @sandy

      thanks, you should try visiting the temples, awesome statues

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      Yoleen Lucas 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I have yet to visit any Asian country, but Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo, HI has many beautiful Asian statues. Last summer, I visited Portland Oregon. They have a world famous Japanese Tea Garden, and a large Chinese Tea House. I enjoyed visiting those places.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Deat say,

      Yes, tea house is a nice place to visit, peace n quiet

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My husband and I visited this place last year. It was huge and interesting.

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      Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

      Voted up, interesting, useful, beautiful. Fantastic stuff. makes me want to go right now.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @aesta1

      really? Yeah a large place to visit, awesome statues to mermerized

      @GetitScene

      Thanks for your votes

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanks so much for showcasing this beautiful temple and the gorgeous carvings outside of it plus telling us a bit about it. I doubt that I will ever travel to that part of the world but at least I caught a glimpse of it via this hub. Beautiful!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, i am sure you will be fascinated of these views

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      jtrader 2 years ago

      It is relaxing to watch koi. Thanks for sharing on this travel destination.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks jtrader, true tghat looking at the koi and turtles are relaxin

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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      What an interesting place to visit! Thank you for sharing this information and photos of it. I can't believe the carvings, or sculptures. I would love to visit there one day.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      I visited a Buddhist temple when I was in Chittagong, Bangladesh. it was a haven compared to the rest of Chittagong. I loved the contrast. This is a very interesting hub.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks oceansunsets, you would be spellbound by the original sculptures.

      Thanks adventuretravels, I never been to bangladesh, I thought only Thailand has the holiest temple.

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      This looks fantastic and the visuals are excellent. It does sound like a really cool place to visit. I love to travel but often can't though I'd take time to come here. The hub itself is also well put together and written. Voted up.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks chris, the tourist should visit chinese temples to know the rules and history and enjoy the view too

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      srsddn 22 months ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Peachpurple, one may not be a believer of Buddha but the positive energy around any place having a statue of Buddha makes one feel good. I have visited a few and each time I have been mesmerized. Goddess of Mercy presents a grand look and it must be a nice experience to visit Kuan Yin Temple. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place.

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      peachy 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks srsddn, true indeed, very fascinating scene

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      daydreamer13 20 months ago

      Wonderful tour! Wonderful hub! Now I have another place on my list of places I want to visit. Thank you for sharing this!

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      peachy 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks daydreamer13

      a visit to the temple gives you an eye opener

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      Norma Lawrence 10 months ago from California

      Very good and interesting article. The pictures are also great. Thanks

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      peachy 10 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      http://hubpages.com/@norlawrence

      thanks very much.

      Glad that the pictures turned out well with my NOkia cellphone

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      Indian Chef 10 months ago from New Delhi India

      after reading your hub..i googled it and it is so beautiful. Thanks for showing us this wonderful temple.

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      peachy 10 months ago from Home Sweet Home

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