San Ching Tian Temple
|| Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
San Ching Tian Temple is a very popular Taoist temple that is located in Miri, Sarawak, in East
Malaysia. It is situated in Krokop, around 4km away from Miri.
San Ching Temple is the largest Taoist temple standing in South East Asia. Its elegance architecture
is what tourists shouldn't miss. It takes up 1.5 acres of land and is bordered by housing area. A visit
to the temple is definitely worth it to have a closer understanding on Taoism. This temple was built not
quite long ago, in year 2000. The construction of the temple took as long as three years and a total amount
of RM10 millions to be completed. The door arch of the temple itself is impressive with a pair of carving
dragons in the entrance of the temple. These carvings are brought all the way from China. You can hear the
soothing sound of wind chimes in the temple while appreciate the colorful wall painting, carvings and the
statues. One of the unique attractions is its serene and tranquil environment.
There are many attractions in Miri including beaches for all of the beach lovers out there. One of the
beaches in Miri is Taman Selera Beach. This beach is always crowded and packed with locals especially
during the weekends. It is a spot that is suitable for a family picnic. Besides, it possesses various
seafood restaurants. However, restaurants are only open during the evening. Hawaii Beach is popular too.
Unlike Taman Selera Beach, this beach is undeveloped and untouched. Thus, providing a more quite and
natural side of the beach. You can also pay a visit to Grand Old Lady. It is the name given for Miri's
first oil well and is located on Canada Hill. The Grand Old Lady acts as a historical monument to the
locals and even all Malaysians.
Accommodations in Miri are not a problem as hotels offered are in a wide range. Some decent and
popular hotels that are located near to San Ching Tian Temple include Mega Hotel, Marriott Miri Resort
and Spa and Parkcity Everly Hotel Miri. The best place to go shopping for souvenirs in Miri is no other
than the Miri Handicraft Centre. There are various souvenirs including beads, art craft and other locals'
handmade crafts. The choices are uncountable with vibrant colors and friendly sellers. Moreover, you can
bargain with the sellers to obtain a cheaper price.
To reach San Ching Tian Temple, you can go for a taxi ride anywhere in Miri. You can also take
bus numbered 44 to reach Krokop and hence, the temple.