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    Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple

    by globetrott Written Jul 31, 2014

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    The Kek Lok Si BuddhistTemple is the largest Buddhist Temple in Malysia and it was built between 1893 and 1904.It was built on top of a small hill and nowadays the temple-area covers all of that hill. You can drive up by car and then you walk up and down through various paths, there is even a funicular for some part of the area and at the end you can walk down on endless stairs to a place where your taxidriver will wait for you.
    The most famous sights are the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas and the 30.2m bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.

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    The Temple of the reclining Buddha

    by globetrott Updated Jul 31, 2014

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    Inside of another temple in the backyard of the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple you will find the Temple of the reclining Buddha.
    This statue is really huge and you will be able to walk around the statue of the reclining Buddha as well in order to see the feet of Buddha (my 4th photograph) . Taking photos and Walking around there as a Tourist is no Problem.

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    In the park of Dhammikarama Temple

    by globetrott Updated Jul 31, 2014

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    These are some more sights of the monastery and Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple. Take your time as you walk through the monastery and you will see a lot of great works of art and unusual architecture.
    On the total you should calculate at least 45 minutes to this wide area of the temples and monastery.
    In my 2nd Photo: 2 chimeras with wings are shown as the Guardians & protectors of our World.

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    The interior of Dhammikarama Temple

    by globetrott Written Jul 31, 2014

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    This is the interior of the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple, a temple that was founded in the year 1803. The Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple is still an active monastery as well, so you will see monks walking through the gardens and temples and tourists are welcome in the temple as well to take a look around and take some photos, just as they like.
    The main work of art in Dhammikarama Temple is a huge statue of Buddha and the head and feet of it were made of marbel, you will see it in my main picture here !

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    The Burmese Temple (Dhammikarama)

    by globetrott Updated Jul 31, 2014

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    The Burmese Temple (Dhammikarama) in George Town / Penang was built in 1803. At first it was called Nandy Moloh Butmese Temple and later they called it Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple.
    This temple is still an active monastery as well, but as a tourist you are welcome to walk inside, take a look around and taking photos is no problem at all !

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    The bronze statue of Kuan Yin in Kek Lok Si

    by globetrott Updated Jul 30, 2014

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    When I was in Kek Lok Si the giant bronze statue of Avalokiteshvara (Kuan Yin), the Goddess of Mercy was unfortunately covered under scaffolding.
    That was back in March 2009, so lets hope that should be over by now !
    The statue is 30 meters high and stands on top of another templebuilding and there is a great park and a lake with Kois there as well.
    In any case it makes sense to take the funicular uphill to the statue, because you will also have a great view from up there, plus, the statue is not totally covered as you can see in my extra photos !

    another statue up there
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    The Esplanade of George Town

    by globetrott Written Jul 30, 2014

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    The Esplanade of George Town shows a lot of great buildings that were built in the traditional colonial style. It is a great place to take a walk. There is the Victorian Clocktower, Fort Conwallis and a lot of other interesting sights. You will see the cannons of the fort, you will find shops and places to relax.

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    The origins of the Snake Temple

    by globetrott Written Jul 29, 2014

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    The Snake Temple was founded in 1850 by a Buddthist monk from China, who had settled in Penang in the middle of the 19th century.
    He was famous for his healing knowledge and powers, he knew lots of secret ways how to use the poisons of snakes for healing methods and this is the way it all had started.
    Nowadays the Snake Temple is mainly a tourist attraction

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    The Snake temple

    by globetrott Written Jul 29, 2014

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    The snake temple is certainly the only place of its kind worldwide and when you enter there it first looks like many other temples, except for the fact that you see lots of snakes in various places in the halls, on the furniture and in the trees of the surrounding park.
    Most of these snakes dont move at all and so you might get a first impression that these snakes are not alive, but when you take a closer look you will realize, that all of them are alive.
    There is no entrancefee to pay, but donations are asked for when you want to take pics of the snakes and their trainers doing some special shows for you.

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    The rich interior of Khoo Kongsi

    by globetrott Written Jul 29, 2014

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    The Khoo Kongsi as you will see it nowadays is a lot smaller than the original building that had burned down in the same night when it was opened in a big ceremony.
    Take your time to explore the Khoo Kongsi and see all of its great interior, it might be the finest and most ornate building of its Kind that you will still find in Asia.

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    Kooo Kongsi, a Chinese clan house

    by globetrott Written Jul 29, 2014

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    Kooo or Khoo was the name of the chinese familyclan who had to flee from China in the end of the 19th century.
    They were a rich family and so they were able to build a new house for all of their clan, a so-called Kongsi, a clanhouse in the traditional chinese style.
    Various buildings were combined in order to accomodate the families, and there was also a Chinese Operabuilding, and a chinese temple.

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    Khoo Kongsi is a hidden gem in Georgetown

    by globetrott Written Jul 29, 2014

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    The Kooo Kongsi was a really surprise for me, as you would never expect such a beautifull building in a backyard of some shops. But once you are there you will see it is really worth to take a look inside as well. There is a small fee to pay for the visitors and you will be able to walk around on your own.

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    Penang Hill

    by Paulm1987 Written Jul 26, 2014

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    Penang Hill is the main attraction for many travellers, It was one of my priorities in Penang Island.
    If you are fit enough you can choose to hike up the Hill for +-2hours or take the easier way which is the Tram going up the Hill.

    The views from the top were not clear because there was alot of mist and clouds but it was a great experience.

    Visit the website for more info on admission fees.

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    Temples of George Town

    by Twan Written Jun 24, 2013

    To the number of places of worship can be seen that in Penang different religions are practiced. The Kapitan Kling Mosque, in the street with the same name, was built in the early 19th century by Muslims from southern India. On the same road is the temple of the goddess of mercy, built in 1800. Not much further is the Sri Mariamman Indian temple, which was built in 1883 and is abundantly decorated with images of the Hindu pantheon. The statue of Subramaniam, used in the procession to the temple of the waterfall during Thaipusam, is richly decorated with jewels.

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    Fort Cornwallis

    by Twan Written Jun 24, 2013

    The fort, which was built on the spot where Francis Light first set foot on Penang (1786), still exists, complete with his guns. Originally it was made ​​of wood, but in 1804-1805 it was replaced by a stone building, which was erected. By forced labor The courtyard of the fort is now a park where concerts and other performances are held. Near the souvenir shops, the model of a traditional Malay house. You must take off your shoes if you want to go inside.

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