Kek Lok Si Temple – George Town, Malaysia
Kek Lok Si Temple located at the Air Itam mountain in George Town on Penang Island. That is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Design magnificence as well as stunning architecture will leave you mesmerised from the minute you lay eyes on it. This temple is an ever-present in the city’s storied heritage, ancient wonders, the views it offers are astonishing. So sightseeing is an absolute must, both first-timers and veteran visitors are head-over-heels in love with the place.
Since 1890, Kek Lok Si Temple was built and finished in 1905. The additional seven storey pagoda building completed in 1930, and this is the main landmark of the temple. It’s thorny pinnacles building with three tier design, Chinese octagonal base with Thai style body and a Burmese crown. That is a 30 metres high structure, all elegant curves and frills, as artistic as it is architectural.
We organised a trip to visit this grand Kek Lok Si Temple during Chinese New Year for praying. Our visit on the evening before nightfall, casual rambles to the entry point, suddenly whole temple building illuminated with colourful light. Stunning light ample to entertain our vision, a blast of uproar, camera aloft turn towards to the temple and capture the beautiful moment.
Gentle breeze after sunset cooled down to the weather, thus making a comfortable zone for browsing. The civilisation and the impressive decoration was appearing in front of us, each with a distinct environment. But a fly in the ointment, this spectacular moment only appear during the Chinese New Year’s annual event. So, if you come in the normal day, it’s not show in any night.
Crowded visitors were looping around the temple with high esteem, they pray for blessing the coming year with happiness, smoothness or successfulness. And also the complex decorated with thousands of lanterns representing donations offered by devotees.
Unfortunately, we have not enough time to explore whole Kek Lok Si Temple. Due to busy on photographing, and immerse yourself in the beautiful scenic spot, we almost forgot time is passing fast. When we decided to visit the main pagoda of this temple, the temple’s staff had stop us to enter it. In other words, we need to come back next year, because this is the last day we were staying in Penang.
And also, we had not lucky to view the new “Guan Yin” statue located at behind of the temple. That is a 99 foot bronze statue, it completed and opened to the public in 2002. The statue complemented with a 60.9 metres (200 ft) three-tiered roof pavilion in 2009, and claims the tallest Guan Yin statue in the world.
Never mind, that is a reason for us to travel Kek Lok Si Temple again. Yup, maybe next year or next 2 years. I was particularly impressed with the beautiful decoration, an impeccable design , and majestic building. It abundant with culture and heritage, invariably elegant, is a must visit spot of Penang.
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