Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple
Mon-Fri: 7am – 12pm, 6pm – 10pm
Sat/Sun & Public Holiday: 7am – 10pm
Entrance Fee: RM10/person
This temple is a complete glass structure and is often regarded as one of the most amazing architectural pieces not just in Malaysia but in the entire world. It is a Hindu temple which is one of the oldest in Johor Bahru.
The temple started off as a tiny shelter that was built in 1922. Though the expansion of the temple has been going at a steady rate over the years, a noticeable expansion started in 1991. It was in this year when Sri Sannathambi Sivasamy, the chief priest, inherited from his father the administration of this temple. He took up the role of being the driving force to initiate a better architecture of the temple as he supervised and patronized the renovation of the temple.
The reconstruction and development of the structure was completed in five years. It was in 1996 when the temple had been reopened to public.
This seemingly unique piece of architecture is embellished with as many as 300000 pieces of white, yellow, red, green, purple, and blue glass that includes the pillars, walls, and floors. A number of chandeliers made of crystal hang from the ceiling of the temple. The surreal effect created by the refection of the crystal chandeliers on the glass floors is an amazing thing.
The temple is a glass sanctuary that is centrally air conditioned and has a capacity of 1500 devotees. Tourists are allowed into the temple.
The left wing of this temple is made up of two panels that are large enough and have been sculptured by artists who were additionally commissioned for the purpose. It conveys the universal message of harmony and piece. One of the pictures shows an Indian girl with a cow, a Chinese girl with a dog, and a Malay girl with a cat which she holds in her arms close to herself.