Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple – Johor Bahru, Malaysia - Atlas Obscura
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple

Malaysia's first and only glass temple. 

Johor Bahru is Malaysia’s second-largest city. One of its oldest temples, the Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Hindu Temple, was established in 1922. But it wasn’t until 1991 that temple’s new life began. 

Sri Sinnathamby Sivasamy inherited the temple from his father and inspired by the shine of glass artwork he witnessed while riding in a tuk-tuk he decided to remake the humble temple in all glass. 

The entire temple is covered in a mosaic of 300,000 multicolored pieces of glass, adorned with hundreds of thousands of glass beads, and contains statues of Gautama Buddha and Mother Teresa among others. Murals, done in glass, include some modern scenes of kindness and cross-faith love such such one of a Muslim and Christian helping a Hindu who got into a motorcycle crash. 

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