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Kek Lok Si-Temple of Supreme Bliss

  
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A sprawling hillside structure that is reputed to be the largest Buddhist temple in South-East Asia, with the khmer/thai/chinese style Ban Po Thar (Ten Thousand Buddhas Tower) (RM4 to top via stairs) and various Buddha images in the main temple complex.

Furthermore, a mini-funicular train (RM4) connects to the summit of the hill featuring a giant 36.5m high statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The current bronze version was completed after donations from mainland Chinese in 2003.

Currently, there is scaffolding around the statue although the canopy has been completed.

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 The reason for this is said to be that there is resentment in some areas that the canopy now stands taller than the state mosque, but this is unconfirmed. Photographers will find it well worth the inclined elevator ride up.

During the Chinese New Year period, the temple is decorated with hundreds of lanterns which turns it into a night-time wonderland.

Located near the village of Air Itam; a taxi from Georgetown will set you back RM 20-25; catching a bus from the station next to the Komtar will cost you RM2 (take Rapid Penang bus no. 203 to Air Itam, the last stop). The complex reeks of commercialism with shops at every level and buddhists may find little sacred at this site. Try to avoid the busy weekends.  

Type: Landmark
Location: Penang, Malaysia








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