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Puh Toh Tze Temple, Kota Kinabalu Overview

The Puh Toh Tze Temple, located in the central city of Kota Kinabalu, is one of the most popular Buddhist temples of this country. The temple is adorned with traditional carvings and sculptures of the local deities.

Built in the late 21st century, Puh Toh Tze Temple was constructed to pay respect to and worship the Chinese goddess Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and Compassion, who is considered to be one of the most influential goddesses in the kingdom of Chinese deities. The architecture of this temple has gained its inspiration from the traditional Chinese designs and patterns making it one of the most popular tourist attractions at Kota Kinabalu.

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Highlights of Puh Toh Tze Temple

  • The Puh Toh Tze Temple has a number of incredibly intricate features. A massive stone staircase-pavilion is flanked by statues of 10 deities on either side. However, the statue of Kwan Yin which greets visitors right as they cross the main entrance captivates their attention and dominates over the rest of the statues.
  • On the inside of the temple, there is a huge Chinese laughing Buddha statue with miniature followers clinging onto him giving the statue a humorous touch.
  • The walkway of Puh Toh Tze Temple houses the giant bell which is believed to have brought about good fortune to anyone who rings it.

How to Reach Puh Toh Tze Temple

Puh Toh Tze Temple is about 15 to 20 km from the Kota Kinabalu city centre. So, taking a cab to the temple is efficient as well as economic means to commute. The ride will take about 15 to 20 minutes and should cost no more than RM 18.

Bus 1 and Bus 3 ply to the temple every day starting from Wawasan Plaza. The bus ticket costs a minimal amount of RM 1.20. These buses run at regular intervals starting from 6:30 AM up till 8:00 PM.

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