This Theravada Buddhist temple was founded by the Sri Lankan Sinhalese community in 1895 to provide a place of worship for civil servants brought in from Sri Lanka during British rule.
It houses 400 Sri Lankan Sinhalese monks and one local monk.
Theravada Buddhism, or “the Ancient Teaching”, is relatively conservative and generally closer to early Buddhism than other existing Buddhist traditions. It has been a predominant teaching in Sri Lanka for many centuries.
Maha Vihara means Big Temple
WESAK DAY is a holy day to celebrate Buddha’s birthday every 15th May of the lunar calendar. There will be street processions around KL.
The Bodhi trees are the sapling from the 2000 years old Bodhi tree in Sri Lanka; a tree believed to be the cutting of the original tree Buddha received enlightenment.
The International Buddhist Pagoda: This pure white dome structure houses a collection of Buddhist relics & Buddha statues from around the world!
Check out the books about Buddhism available for free!
Be a “monk” for 2 weeks!
Wonder what life is like as a monk? The BMV offers the Novitiate Program that allows anyone to experience a monk’s life for a registration fee of RM100.
What the monks wear:
A shaved head represents a simple life
A Buddhist monk’s robe is typically orange in colour but there is actually no fixed colours for a monk’s robe!
Dhamma for the blind and deaf
Buddhist and Pali Universitiy Diploma courses
K Sri Dhammananda Library
Sunday Dhamma Classes for children and adults
Full moon and new moon day services
123, Jalan Berhala, Brickfields
Opening hours: 6:30am-10pm
Tel: 03-2274 1141