Friday, October 1, 2010
Dong Zen Buddhist Centre in Jenjarom a crowd-puller during festivals
[Pixs copyright Ewe Paik Leong]
For more than a decade since its opening in 1989, Kuala Lumpur's Thean Hou Temple perched atop Robson Heights has been the main focal point for devotees offering Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival prayers. In recent years, however, Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Buddhist Centre in the sleepy hollow of Jenjarom in Selangor has upstaged Thean Hou in terms of visitor numbers. A Buddhist complex, it comprises a main building housing a relic of Buddha and its compounds are adorned with koi ponds, water features and decorative statues of Buddhist deities. By way of comparison, I find that Dong Zen exudes an exotic charm with an air of serenity, while Thean Hou Temple offers panoramic views and excellent shopping for religious paraphernalia. Getting there: just drive to Jenjarom and ask the locals for directions to the police station, which stands opposite the complex on Jalan Sungai Buaya.