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St. John’s Cathedral in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia is predominantly an Islamic Country but in the Multi-Cultural City of Kuala Lumpur, I got the chance to visit one of the Catholic Churches in KL.

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St John’s Cathedral in KL

After visiting the Petronas Twin Towers, I decided to visit St. John’s Cathedral in Jalan Bukit Nanas since its also near the Central Market.

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At the Back of the Church

St John’s Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church and is under the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. The church was originally opened in 1883, making it one of Kuala Lumpur’s oldest buildings. St John’s Cathedral is located next to St. John’s Institution, which is known for its Grecian-Spanish architecture.

Inside the Chuch
Inside the Chuch

This ‘Mother’ church was the only Catholic church in Selangor when it all began in 1883 with the help of a towkay named Goh Ah Ngee, a Catholic miner who lived in Kajang. Back then, this first Catholic church was simply a long wooden hall with a few windows built on a forested area of Bukit Nanas.

The foundation stone for a new church building of brick structure was laid on 28 March, 1954. That year also saw the ordination of our First Bishop of Kuala Lumpur, Rev Father Dominic Vendargon.

Mama Mary
Mama Mary

Today many foreign visitors including expatriate Filipinos and diplomats apart from the regular multi-cultural community come for Sunday worship. Sunday Mass has two schedules, one is 8.00am and one is 10.30am and 6pm.

Source :

St. John’s Cathedral
5 Jalan Bukit Nanas
Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Malaysia
Phone: 0320781876
Fax: 0320705899
Primary Language: English

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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