By Erika Lehaman
Just like the modern yet historic city around it, Apple opens its doors to travelers of all cultural and religious backgrounds. Islam, Buddhism, Hindu, and Christian traditions add to Malaysia’s cultural richness. Kuala Lumpur embraces visitors on a spiritual quest, or those who want to enjoy the architecture of the houses of worship. Here’s the rundown on some of the main spiritual centers that Apple is honoured to help guests reach:
For those who feel spiritual when enjoying nature, Malaysia offers limitless potential for a great retreat. Specifically close to Apple in Kuala Lumpur is the Batu Caves which lie on the Northern edge of the city. The caves, which are thought to be approximately 400 million years old, host a religious shrine to the Hindu god Murugan. Visitors in late January or February can take part in the Thaipusam festival, which traditionally commemorates Murugan’s victory over an evil spirit. The hike in and around the caves is easy and safe for children and adults. The caves make a great budget friendly activity since the rail fare from Sentral station is only RM2.
Travelers who want good fortune can pay their respects at Thean Hou Chinese Temple. Visitors make offerings to the gods Tian Hou, Guan Yin, and Shui Wei Shen Niang. The large structure, dating to 1989, combines modern and traditional architecture inspired by Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian elements. The temple stands on a hill, easy to find overlooking Jalan Syed Putra motorway. If you crave a spiritual retreat from the shopping craze of downtown, visit Kun Yam Thong Temple or Poh Yin Temple at City Centre.
Closer to City Center, Chinatown, Little India, and Apple are more Western spiritual institutions. The Islamic Arts Museum and Masjid Jamek Mosque (Masjid Jamek rail station) display the traditional Moorish style architecture and arabesque décor motifs. Over 60 percent of the Mayalsian population practices Islam, and Apple accommodates for Islamic traditions by posting Qibla directional signs to Mecca in the building. Peacefully standing a few blocks from the Mosque, on Jalan Raja, is Saint Mary’s Anglican Cathedral, which dates from 1887. It’s English Gothic style architecture and beautiful pipe organ make the church a rare find in Asia.
A stay with Apple Hotel in Kuala Lumpur is a chance to cultivate a rich cultural experience. Apple offers this information with the hopes to promote peace and multicultural understanding between visitors and the diverse peoples that are the foundation of this unique, cosmopolitan city.