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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.
awesome and imposing. spent 3 hours exploring the temple and admiring at the kuanyi statue. fantastic view of the surrounding area from the pagoda.
This is a very beautiful temple. If you are driving, you can park all the way at the top. It does get steep, but I drove a van without any problems. I think I paid 3 ringgit. You could also park below. Also, there is a sort of railcar that can transport you up and down for a price. The temple is very picturesque throughout.
A beautiful temple with a lot of opportunity to explore. You can ride a train to the top of the hill to see a big Buddha statue. When I was there they were having a ritual releasing birds and frogs. It was very interesting to see. It is free to go in. It is under construction, so many stairways leave two dead ends. It was still worth the visit.
Colourfull. Most of the religious pkaces are become tourist attractions. Its the same many former worship places and now tourist attractions. So it misses the so called spritual dimension , but anyway worth visiting. Magnificent view and too much artifacts with bright colours.
Not very sacred like a temple should be. Too colorful and massive. Many shops are inside the temple . I feel like being in the buddhish theme park A little bit disappointed! Must be not on your list.
A very hot and peaceful place. I was able to drive to the top and park for RM3. There is an element of fund raising but it still feels very spiritual. The views from the top are fantastic. There is some repair work underway but did not interfere with the visit. There is a car park at the bottom of the hill and a lift to take you up. Well worth the time to get there and to wander around.
Beautiful place. Very vibrant and colorful. One of my favorite places visited in Penang. There are many photo opportunities and views of the city.
Despite the hot weather, the Kek Lok Si temple, the biggest Buddhist temple in South East Asia is worth to spend an hour half at. There are cable car rides to take up to see the giant Guan You statue. Be wary if you are coming to visit during Chinese New Year, which can see a traffic jam of up to 3 hours or more. This is because the temple sports really beautiful lights during the entire month of Chinese new year. Avoid the buggy ride. We were disappointed to know that for RM2, it only saved us an extremely short walking distance. the buggy ride lasted at most 1 to 2 minutes.
Like some of the reviewers mention, it has become a place for them to make money rather than worship. After 1 hour roaming around, I’ve only seen 1 monk, and he’s just yawning sitting behind a desk looking at his phone. Rest of the time, all I saw was counters that require entrance fees to certain area. We didn’t pay for the first tram as we could walk up to the main front temple, but as we proceed, we need to pay to get to the pagoda. Lastly, for the huge guanyin statue, taking the tram is compulsory, which I decided to skip. From far I could tell the statue is under renovation, and from what other reviewers said, there is nothing to do there, just go up and take a few photos, so we skipped. We did climb up to the top floor of the pagoda though. But there is still uncompleted construction work inside the pagoda. Place was really empty, no crowd and nothing much to do except for taking photos from a good view.
Not very sacred like a temple should be. Too colorful and massive. Many shops are inside the temple . I feel like at the market. A little bit disappointed!
Built since the year 1891, Kek Lok Si Temple situated in the island of Penang, Malaysia, is one of the largest and finest temples complexes in Southeast Asia. With millions of magnificent images of Buddha and hundreds of beautiful meaningful carvings, sculptures and murals in the interior and exterior of the temple halls, pagodas and archways, Kek Lok Si Temple is not just a center for Chinese culture and Buddha teaching, but also an unique heritage treasures that have Mahayana Buddhism and traditional Chinese rituals blend into a harmonious whole, in temple architecture and daily activities of worshipers.
Unless you're particularly fascinated by the minutia of Buddhist temples, you're better off viewing this one from a distance. Whilst it is magnificent and massive, it's also tacky, greedy, and a demonstration of the defeat of spirituality and serenity by consumerism. If you're not fit, expect to pay RM16 for the short funicular ride to see inside - where you will find gift shops, gift shops, beggars and gift shops. Take off your shoes and be quiet - we must be respectful to the tourist tat.
If you're traveling to penang, you definitively need to visit Kek Lok Si! Going through the temple you will found the amazing workmanship! Around Chinese New Year (usually in February) , you can see the lighting at night, and it is so amazing and gorgeous! A must visit place in Penang. Highly recommended!
a must visit place in penang. this sacred place will make your soul feel peaceful. It is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia.Both the temple architecture and artwork as well as in the daily activities of worshipers will charm your soul.
The peak stands the goddess of mercy. Lovely view and it was raining when we visited. But it was good and its cooling. Visitors have option where to park vehicle. Main road there is public parking, but do not park your vehicle without parking coupon or no parking zone, your vehicle will be towed. DO NOT pay money to the people standing by the parking lot that belongs to the city council. You will be fined! You can park your vehicle at half hill and walk up to the Goddess of Mercy or you can drive straight up to the top. Open from 9.00am to 6pm
One star to the place because of how much the place has changed. There used to be a market leading up to the temple but it's sad to see how they have taken that away, in favour of expanding the temple all for the tourist moolah. Place has sort of lost its soul, though its location still gives you a lot of good pictures. They're also starting to charge you for access to different parts of the temple. Which is sort of sad. I guess that's what happens when people get greedy. Still not a bad place to visit but just not the Kek Lok Si I remember, hence the rating.
Excellent scenic views and wonderful architecture. The vastness of the buildings and sculptures of the different deities will surely captivate you. Highly recommend visiting this temple. The walk towards the top could be slightly arduous for older folk but luckily there is a lift to help along the way. Make sure you’re protected from the sun when visiting!