The Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang facing the sea and commanding an impressive view, and is one of the best known temples on the island. It is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. It is also an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and other countries in Southeast Asia. This entire complex of temples was built over a period from 1890 to 1930, an inspirational initiative of Beow Lean, the Abbot. The main draw in the complex is the striking seven-storey Pagoda of Rama VI (Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas) with 10,000 alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha, and the 36.57 metres (120.0 ft) tall bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.
Nice place to walk about and take a look at those Buddhist statues and architecture. However the pagoda and giant bronze guan yin statue was just mediocre. I would say kind of disappointing for the price we paid to see it. The rest of kek lok si was free, except those 2 attractions. The lift to the bronze guan yin was rm6 for 2 ways, while entrance to the pagoda was rm2. If you are up for a mini uphill walk, you can even walk up the hill to see the bronze guan yin statue for free.
Beautiful temple, especially during chinese new year period. Great view of penang here
You can spend whole day at this place. Always come here for praying and enjoy the view of Penang.
I found it very commertial. Usually you are not expecting to find many shops inside the facility. Still, it is worth visting.
For the 30 days following Chinese New Year, this temple is bathed in thousands of lights and lanterns and their hours are extended 'til quite late. While thoroughly commercialized and having lots of shops nestled throughout the complex, it still offers the chance to see a beautiful temple, especially at night with all the lights lit up. The bathroom facilities were fairly gross and like anywhere in Malaysia you'll need to bring your own tissue. Overall it was fun and I'm glad I got to see Kek Lok Si. Having a party member who knows a little about Buddhism really brings the experience to life; barring that some light reading on "Buddhist deities" is a good pre-start. It may be helpful to bring a small flashlight as the lower levels that approach Kek Lok Si have dark hallways with no lights and uneven stairs.
A good walk uphill. Cable car also available. Well kept religion temple and pagoda.