Sin Sze Si Ya Temple
The front entrance of the temple
LocationKuala Lumpur
TypeChinese temple
FounderYap Ah Loy
Date established1864[1]

Sin Sze Si Ya Temple (Chinese: 仙四師爺廟) (also called as Sze Yah Temple)[3] is a Chinese temple located at 14A Lebuh Pudu, close to the Central Market of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[2] It is built by Yap Ah Loy's for two deities who help guiding him during the Selangor Civil War. The temple is the oldest Taoist temple in the city.[4]


The information board at the front entrance says the temple site was founded in 1864 by Kapitan Yap Ah Loy, dedicated to patron deities of Sin Sze Ya and Si Sze Ya.[1] The deities has guided Yap to defeat the enemies and defend the town of Kuala Lumpur during the civil war from 1870–1873,[1] with the two patron deities are actually based on two real persons of Sheng Meng Li (Kapitan of Sungai Ujong) and Chung Lai (Yap loyal lieutenant).[4] The temple structures was finally built in 1883.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Sze Ya Temple". VisitKL. Archived from the original on 8 March 2019. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Ewe Paik Leong (26 January 2017). "Where tradition and old beliefs abound". New Straits Times. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  3. ^ Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei. Lonely Planet Publications. 2004.
  4. ^ a b "Sin Sze Si Ya temple". TimeOut Kuala Lumpur. 23 April 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2017.