In the sleepy town of Jenjarom lies Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple, heart of the Taiwan-based Fo Guang Shan School of Buddhism and a cradle for Buddhist religion, culture and education in Malaysia.
Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple,
PT2297, Jalan Sg. Buaya,
Kuala Langat, Selangor
Built in 1994, the FGS Dong Zen Temple occupies an area of 16 acres. Its vast and peaceful compound comprises a main shrine that houses a giant Buddha statue, Waterdrop Teahouse, Lumbini Garden, Sutra calligraphy hall, the Dong Zen Institute of Buddhist Studies, Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, exhibition halls containing artifacts and relics, audiovisual rooms, meditation and dining halls and a vegetarian restaurant.
The temple also organizes short monastic retreats, meditation camps, prayer services and regular Dharma talks.
The FGS Dong Zen Temple is well-known for its elaborate Lantern and Flora Festival, a kaleidoscope of digital lights, lanterns and flotillas that illuminate the temple grounds during the annual Chinese New Year celebrations, which last 15 days.
In 1999, the temple was listed as a religious tourist attraction by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and in 2003, was the recipient of the “Outstanding Scenery Award” from Selangor’s Tourism Development Board.
Entry to the temple is free.
10.00am – 6.00pm (opens till late during Chinese New Year)
The FGS Dong Zen Temple is located 15-20 kilometers from the following destinations:
- Pulau Carey – Carey Island
- Mah Meri Cultural Village – learn about the masked men of the Mah Meri tribe
- Bukit Jugra – hiking and paragliding
How to get to Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple
Driving is the best way to get here. FGS Dong Zen temple is located in Jenjarom, Banting, ±30 minutes south of Klang. From Kuala Lumpur, take the Federal or KESAS Highway towards Klang and thereafter, head towards Banting.
Board the Cityliner bus from Klang Sentral for the ±30km journey from Klang to Banting. A one-way ticket costs RM3.00. Buses to Banting also leave from Putrajaya Sentral (Bus 511), with the journey taking about 1 hour.