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Chinese Opera @ Kuan Yin Temple, Klang

I visited the famous Kuan Yin Temple in Klang on Wesak Day 3 months ago. Guess what? Last Saturday, I visit Kuan Yin Teng again but this time it was night time. As Kuan Yin’s birthday is on Sunday, we decided to go have a ‘look-look’ the night before because we saw quite a handful of people there plus a large tent has been erected for (I guess) opera!

I’ve been to this Kuan Yin Temple to watch Chinese Opera when I was small. But then I really can’t remember anything at all. So when we arrived there and saw that a Chinese Opera show were about to start, I was damn excited. It’s been my dream to watch Chinese Opera in Malaysia. I’ve seen them in Beijing but it’s a different feeling when you can watch it from your own backyard.

Without further ado, let me show you some of the shots I took.

At night in the temple compound.

This is the original 100+ years old Kuan Yin Temple. It has been given a face lift; new paint coats but the interior is still undergoing construction. This old temple is situated right beside the new one. Lovely ya?

Lotus candles in the cabinet.

People are sitting there watching Chinese Opera in conjunction with Kuan Yin’s birthday.

And the Opera show begins…

I like this white outfit.

And this orange one too.

Warriors? The costumes are so colorful yeah?

Going round and round. Hmm

What a lovely lady!

These dancers are as graceful as a swan.

Well what do you know? They have wheels!

See the long rods they’re holding? Means they are riding on horses. And the flags stuck behind their back means the number of wars they’ve won. Source is from my mom & grandma. Unfortunately I don’t understand a word they’re singing. Too bad lo.

This Chinese Opera troupe is from Thailand. Not that they sing in Thai. Haha

Later on, the whole troupe came down the stage and walks towards the temple.

And pray to the Kuan Yin God.

Silhouette. Love this shot.

A glimpse at one of the Chinese Opera singer.

That’s all for now. To be continued… where one of my childhood & life-long dream was fulfilled. πŸ™‚ *still pinching my cheeks*


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  • Reply Dawn August 11, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Oooooo, i just love the pics….colors so sharp. I love seeing those HDR pics too. I suppose using P&S can create some pics, hah?

  • Reply Cecil August 11, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Amazing night shots! Can’t believe those troupe are from Thailand. Did I miss something? Did you use fast lense for those incredibly sharp night scenes?

  • Reply foongpc August 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I didn’t know they still perform Chinese Opera in Malaysia! Love those photos! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Che-Cheh August 11, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Dawn, need special software to make HDR. I’m gonna try cari from torrent. Hehe

    Cecil, Thank You! Ya me can’t believe either they’re from Thailand. Thought they’re from China/Taiwan. Me using kit lens only. I change the ISO to 1000, 1250 and at times 1600. But I think the real reason for these sharp scenes is because the stage is brightly lit (while the background is dark). Luckily no noise.

    Foongpc, well now you know πŸ™‚ To ceh.

  • Reply hcfoo August 11, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Seriously, those pictures are really impressive. :applause: The colours are very outstanding.

  • Reply Wuching August 12, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I reckon you & I can go sing Chinese opera better than them! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Neo August 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Why you didn’t sing Chinese opera on the stage? 😎

  • Reply Che-Cheh August 12, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Hcfoo, thank you very much πŸ˜€ I set the color to ‘More vivid’. Haha I love vivid pictures.

    Wuching, :laughing: tok chang tok chang…hahahaha

    Neo, because I hor ahem pro already la.

  • Reply jam August 13, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    Thai doing Chinese opera? Amazing ya! I guess the opera was conducted in Teochew dialect, am I right?

  • Reply Che-Cheh August 14, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Jam, I don’t know how to distinguish Teochew dialect. I think it has something like mandarin/hokkien type of dialect. Wuahahaha funny me.

  • Reply Cheryl November 12, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if you have any contacts to the person in charge of the chinese opera or temple? Thanks alot

  • Reply Che-Cheh November 12, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Cheryl, unfortunately I don’t have their contact. Perhaps you can visit this temple and ask for more information.

  • Reply Cheryl November 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    thanks alot =) Is the temple in klang? Not the one in mid valley rite?

  • Reply chong February 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Can you tell where this temple is? or full address pls


    • Reply Che-Cheh February 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      I’ve added a map in the above post.
      It’s located at Jalan Raya Barat (near roundabout). I don’t have the lot number though.

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