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Private Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple
"Your friendly private guide will pick you up at your Penang hotel and take you by private vehicle to Kek Lok Si Temple. Known as the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas it is considered one of the biggest and most stunning Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Perched on a hillside this unique seven-tiered pagoda showcases a blend of Chinese Thai and Burmese architecture and craftsmanship.  Walk up the steps to the temple and explore the vast complex with your guide. Two not-to-be-missed attractions are the 99-foot (30-meter) tall bronze statue of Guanyin the Goddess of Mercy and the sacred Pond of Longevity which is home to hundreds of tortoises set free by devotees. Listen as your guide explains how tortoises are believed to be a symbol of longevity
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Private Penang City Sightseeing Tour
"Meet your guide upon hotel pickup in Penang and set out on your full-day private tour by comfortable private vehicle. Enjoy the morning drive along a famous stretch of Batu Ferringhi beaches and take in the panoramic views of the ocean. A brief stop is m you’ll learn the intricate techniques of producing this exquisite Malaysian textile as you watch artisans use wax and dye to create their designs.After driving past a working dam and fruit plantations stop at a fruit stall for an introduction to local fruits and spices such as nutmeg and clove. Then continue to the famous Snake Temple also known as the Temple of the Azure Cloud. Here you’ll find venomous pit vipers coiled around the altars and various other parts of the temple which was built in 1850. Considered harmless by the smoke of burning incense the snakes’ venom has been removed for safety
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Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour
"After pickup from your hotel travel by air-conditioned vehicle with a guide who shares informative commentary on Penang. Drive to the Georgetown station where you board the Penang Hill Railway a funicular train that takes approximately 20 minutes to climb Penang Hill Malaysia's oldest hill station. During the ride look for monkeys and other creatures that live in the lush forest. At the summit situated 2695 feet (821 meters) above Georgetown
From $38.00

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Kek Lok Si Temple

South East Asia's biggest Buddhist temple complex, and getting constantly bigger, very crowded, especially at Chinese new year and shops are everywhere....
Get there with Rapid Penang bus 201 from Lebuh Chulia and Komtar

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Jul 21, 2016

Make a wish in Kek Lok Si Temple

At the main temple, in the hall, all visitor are invite to make a new year wish.
One have to pay RM1 or at your wish ( to pay more ) to get a wish ribbon, write down the name and additional wish ( some wish are printed ) on the ribbon then hang it higher.
Pray for your wish to come true to the Buddha.

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Feb 11, 2016

Kek Lok Si at night during Chinese New Year

We arrived rather late at 9pm on 3rd day of Chinese New Year celebration, although it is opened until 12am during this festive season, but due to over crowded, some gates were closed so we did not reached the GuanYin statue.
The Kek Lok Si Temple renovation and upgrading is on-going. This revisit I noticed a few changes and there are plenty of car parking lots are made.
The management collect RM3 for each car who drive in.
The Kek Lok Si at night is beautiful.

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Feb 10, 2016

Special Night Scene

Once a Year celebration of the Chinese New Year, Keh Lok Si Temple make it a special occasion by lighten up with more than 10,000 lights not only for decoration but also with a special ritual for those whom like to pledge or donate to a noble cause. It may cost you a few hundred to a few thousand Ringgit to light up a light from 1st to 15th day of the Chinese lunar calender first month. Now with the Chinese New Year fall on the 23rd of January 2012 this year and you may get to witness this occasion.

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Oct 15, 2013
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Visit Kek Lok Si

This is a very interesting place to visit. The Buddhist temple is perched on a hill overlooking Georgetown. It is a great place to wander around - have a look at the various buildings. When we visited the place was decorated with red lanterns wishing everyone a happy and prosperous New Year.

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Feb 09, 2013


The Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Hokkien for "Temple of Supreme Bliss" or "Temple of Sukhavati" is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang and is one of the best known temples on the island. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.

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Mar 03, 2011

Kek Lok Si Temple

This Buddhist temple is the largest in Malaysia and sprawls up the hill dominating the town of Air Itam. To access the complex you have to weave your way through an ascending corridor of souvenir shops which are an obvious tourist trap, after which you'll arrive at Liberation Pond. Following the steps up you will reach the temple complex proper and be rewarded with the intricate and colourful Ban Po Thar Pagoda.

The Kek Lok Si project was mooted by the chief monk of the Kuan Yin Teng, Goddess of Mercy Temple of Pitt Street, George Town. With the support of the consular representative of China in Penang, the project received the sanction of the Manchu Emperor Guangxu (1875-1908, of the Qing Dynasty) who bestowed a tablet and gift of 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras. Funds to get the project realised came from wealthy benefactors of that time, including Cheong Fatt Tze, Zhang Yunan, Cheah Choon Seng, Chung Keng Kwee and Tye Kee Yoon. In recognition of their contribution, they were all made the Five Principal Directors of the temple.

The initial temple structure was built on the summit of He Shan. It cost $180,000 Straits Dollars. The 10-acre site was purchased in 1893, and the temple was completed in 1904. An official opening ceremony was conducted on 13th January, 1905. It was only in 1927 that the iconic pagoda, known as the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, today one of the most recognisable landmarks of Penang, came into being. As well as this, the other star attraction is the 30.2m bronze statue of the Avalokitesvara - Goddess of Mercy or Kuan Yin, standing on the hillside above the pagoda, which was completed and open to the public at the end of 2002.

Admission to Pagoda: RM2.

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Aug 17, 2010

The Temple of your dreams

What can anyone say about this temple but wow, It is enormous, full of statues, buddas, ornamental pagodas, and the icing on the cake is of course the Kuan Yin statue which towers over the whole complex and once you are up there beside her you can see magnificent views of Georgetown and the enormity of the temple itself, being Chinese new year whilst we were there they have the whole place lit up with thousands of lanterns and fairy lights which prompted us to go back and visit the temple at night, Fantastic!

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Mar 19, 2010
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Kek Lok Si

This magnificent Buddhist temple sits on a hill at Ayer Itam. Construction started in 1893 and was completed in 1905. The entrance is reached through arcades of souvenir stalls.

The centrepiece is the Ban Po Thar or "Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas". It took 20 years to build and was finished in 1930. The pagoda is of Chinese design at the base, Thai in the middle and the crown is Burmese. The temple also features gardens, shrines, sculptures & a turtle pond.

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Jan 31, 2010

around Penang Island

1. Visit Kek Lok Sie and Penang Hill. It is near by. Enjoy the young coconut near Kek Lok Sie. The taste is kind of pandan leaf. Su unique.

2. Enjoy the gurney drive when evening time. You can take some local foods there.

3. Getting around Georgetown. It is more historical places. You also can enjoy some local foods there. I remember last time i went there. I took one ice cendol in somewhere around Georgetown.

4. If possible, you can take car from penang Island and then cross to Penang Mainland via Penang bridge. When you go back from mainland to island, you can take ferry. It is really fun.

I really like visiting Penang. I hope i can go there again next time..

happy traveling

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Jan 18, 2010


I really think that this is a MUST SEE in Penang, especially if you haven't seen many Temples before.

It has been said that it is the finest Buddhist temples in South East Asia, this could well be true!

Situated on a hill overlooking Penang, its worth coming here just for the views. The Temple took quite a few years to build, being completed in 1905, with The “Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas” taking more than 20 years to build and was only completed in 1930.

It is built in tiers, and sits amongst lovely landscaped gardens, a Turtle pond which also has large Carp, shrines and lovely sculptures. Each tier is built in a different design with the 1st tier, a Chinese octagonal base, middle tiers are of Thai architecture and the top is a Burmese crown.

At the start, you may pass few some beggars, we did, then its an uphill climb to reach the top, plenty of steps, so be warned!

One section we didn't go to is the bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy or Kuan Yin - on the hillside above the pagoda.
If you want to get a close-up look of the Kuan Yin statue, then go left as you get to the furthest hall, which is also the largest and look for the signs for the 'incline lift' to the goddess.
Use of the lift costs RM 2 each way.

If you want to go to the main prayer hall which we did, then it will cost you another 2rm.

A really lovely Temple to visit!

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Dec 05, 2009

Kek Lok Si, Penang Hill, Gurney Drive, Georgetown


for historical places, you can go to Georgetown. There are national museum, fort, old masjid, old church, little india and some old buildings. Take a walk for the tour around those places.

The best eating place is gurney drive. Many local food there. The best time to visit there is evening time.

Kek lok si and Penang hill r at the same area. So you can make it in one day. And then in evening, u can spend ur time to Gurney Drive.
There is temple at Lebuh Burma. It is reclining budha temple. It is good to visit also.
check this web for more info
so, happy traveling..

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Feb 13, 2009

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Getting to Kek Lok Si Temple


Ayer Itam, 11500 George Town, Pulau Pinang,


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