Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple is a place of worship that practices the Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist tradition. Also known as the Brickfields Buddhist Temple, it’s accessible within a five-minute walk from KL Sentral station. Another one of its biggest selling points is that it has the advantage of not being crowded (compared to most temples in Kuala Lumpur), unless you’re visiting during annual festivities, such as Wesak Day or Chap Goh Mei.
Located far away enough from the main streets to provide it with a peaceful atmosphere, the rusty-red and white shrine may appear small on the outside, but it’s actually a walled-in structure of high ceilings, ornate fixtures, and impressive reclining Buddha statues. There’s also a bookshop selling various publications on Buddhism and sculptures of Buddha at reasonable rates.
Every 1st and 15th day of the Lunar month, local devotees flock to the Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple between 19:30 and 20:30 to present a variety offerings to the statue of Buddha, including flowers, incense, candles, fruits, and sweets. The service is then followed by a recital of Buddhist verses, sermon and blessing by resident monks in the temple.
If you’re looking to learn about the religion, the senior resident monks also provide meditation courses, as well as counsel for personal issues such as marital problems, depression, and anxiety for free, but donations are highly welcomed.
Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple
- Opening Hours: Daily 06:00 – 22:00
- Address: 123 Jalan Berhala, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2274 1141