Thursday, January 21, 2010


Malaysia’s first glass temple expects be a major tourist attraction
August 1st, 2009 - 1:39 pm ICT by Kuala Lumpur, Aug. 1 (ANI): Malaysia’s first glass temple, the Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple, located in Jalan Tebrau, Johor Baru, is set to become a major tourist attraction apart from being used by Hindu devotees.
The Star quoted temple chairman S. Sinnathamby as saying that 95 per cent of the temple’s walls, ceiling, domes and pillars have been adorned with over a million pieces of colourful glass imported from Thailand, Japan and Belgium.
The total cost of the temple is approximately three million ringgits.Sinnathamby added that the glass pieces were carefully put together by nine Myanmar workers, and motifs and symbols like the Swastika, Namam and Sri Chakra were created from the glass pieces in seven colours.
The temple was built on land awarded by the Sultan of Johor in 1922, and it was renovated for the first time in 1996.Sinnathamby said he first visualised the glass temple his Thailand visit, and funds for the construction were raised through community programmes and public donations.
The air-conditioned temple, which can accommodate about 1,500 devotees, would be officially opened on October 25th. (ANI)
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Wednesday July 15, 2009

Glass temple in Johor


JOHOR BARU: Imagine 300,000 pieces of finely cut coloured glass carefully placed together to create intricate designs. The sight will amaze any beholder.
And it exists at the Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple, known as the country’s first glass temple that is taking shape along Jalan Tebrau.
Attractive: A portion of the temple featuring six different coloured glass pieces
Temple president S. Sinathambhy, who is also an art teacher, said that so far RM2mil had been spent to renovate the 87-year-old temple.
He added that he conceptualised the design while riding in a motorised taxi (tuk tuk), during a trip to Bangkok.“I saw something shimmering from afar and told the driver to take me towards the light.“I finally came to a Buddhist temple that had a piece of glasswork at its entrance and I was amazed by the beauty of the piece,” he said.
Eye-catching: The front portion of the temple.
Sinathambhy said he expanded on the idea to build a temple that would be fully embellished with coloured glass.
“I thought that having a temple filled with glasswork could attract many people,” he said. The 300,000 pieces of glasses on the Arulmigu temple consist of six colours, namely blue, red, yellow, green, purple and white.
Sinathambhy added that the temple was initially built in 1922 and needed a major makeover.“I hired a few workers from Myanmar to help put up the glasswork,” he said, adding that he was involved in the design.“It has not been easy since I started work on the project one year ago, and the current economic situation has made the task even more difficult,” he said.
Sinathambhy explained that the price of steel, glass and transportation charges had all increased over the past one year.
Beautiful: The interior portion of the Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple dubbed as the ‘Glass Temple.’
“We initially estimated the cost to be about RM1.5mil but it has since doubled,” he said. However, he was still hopeful of completing the project by October.
“I am thankful to all who donated. But there’s still more to do, such as installing the drainage and waterproofing system.“The works are only partially completed but I am confident that this temple will be a major tourist attraction in the city,” he said.
Sinathambhy said the official opening of the temple had been set for Oct 25 and was expected to attract people from all over the world.
He added that he was especially grateful to the Sultan of Johor for giving the land to the temple. could be of interest to you.