Sin Sze Si Ya Temple

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Sin Sze Si Ya Temple
The front entrance of Sin Sze Si Ya Temple in Kuala Lumpur
Basic information
Deity Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya
District Kuala Lumpur
Country Malaysia
Architectural description
Creator Yap Ah Loy
Completed 1864

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple (simplified Chinese: 仙四师爷庙; traditional Chinese: 仙四師爺廟) is a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, built by Yap Ah Loy's workers. The temple is the oldest Taoist temple in Kuala Lumpur.[1]


The information board at the front entrance says "The Sin Sze Si Ya Temple was founded in 1864 by Kapitan Yap Ah Loy, it is dedicated to patron deities of Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya. The deities has guided Kapitan Yap Ah Loy to defeat the enemies and defend Kuala Lumpur during the civil war (1870-1873). The temple has witnessed the birth and growth of our great city Kuala Lumpur." The two patron deities are actually real personalities - Sheng Meng Li (Kapitan Cina of Sungai Ujong) and Chung Lai (Yap Ah Loy’s loyal lieutenant.[1]

This temple is also known as "Sze Yah Temple", under which name it appears in some travel guide books. It is located at 14A Lebuh Pudu, close to the Central Market of Kuala Lumpur.


  1. ^ a b "Sin Sze Si Ya temple". TimeOut Kuala Lumpur. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 

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Coordinates: 3°08′47″N 101°42′02″E / 3.146271°N 101.700654°E / 3.146271; 101.700654