Temple Kek Lok Si on Penang
Rest in Malaysia and on Penang Island Beautiful. Especially if it is diversified by visiting interesting places. The list of main attractions of the Penang Island includes the famous Temple of Kek Lok Si (Kek Lok Si Temple). It is located near Georgetown, in the town of Ayer Itam, not far from the Penang Hill, and is one of the largest Buddhist temple complexes in all Southeast Asia.
History of the temple
Temple Kek Loki Si is still known as the temple of higher bliss. Its construction began in 1890 and lasted almost 40 years. Now you can wander through the huge territory, see the pagodas, arches with carvings, thousands of statues and a magnificent architecture that leaves indelible impressions. Similar complexes I saw only in China.
How to get?
You can take a taxi or buses 201, 203, 204, 502 to the Temple of Kek Lok S S. The complex itself is visible from afar. Highly on the hill is a huge 30-meter statue of the goddess Guan Yin, and the territory below occupies other buildings of the temple.
At the very beginning of the road to the top you will find yourself in a long corridor with souvenirs and local products. At the same time you can buy a key chain or a T-shirt with famous samples of street painting. However, souvenirs here, as elsewhere, nothing special is selling.
What to see in the temple?
Raising the stairs, you will find yourself near a pond with turtles. They live here for many decades and remain one of the main attractions. You can buy baskets for turtles and feed them, which will attract more positive karma into your life.
The Temple Complex Kek Lok C consists of several prayer pavilions, carved pagodas, courtyards with the statues of Buddha, Bodhisattva and Chinese gods, corners where you can leave on a bench Among the colors.
Near the temple is even located a large vegetarian restaurant, where the cost of dishes begins from 5-10 Ringitt. From the hill where the temple is located, the beautiful panorama of the island opens.
In the architecture of the temple, Chinese, Thai and Burmese design canons are used, reflecting the combination of two branches of Buddhism – Mahayana and Tharavada. Majestic Pagoda 10,000 Buddhas is built with an octagonal foundation in Chinese style, a multi-level middle part in the Thai style and the top, made in the Burmese style. The Thai King of Rama VI itself laid the first stone for construction.
Visitors come to the temple with whole families, feed the turtles, give a tribute to the Buddha and his teachings, light aromatic sticks and tie to a stylized tree desires Special ribbons.
They differ in colors and stand in 1 ringitt for a piece. You can wish good luck in all matters, health, protect family, successful career, execution of desires, financial well-being and even excellent exams.
The cost of the entrance ticket
Entrance to the territory of the church of Kek Loki Si is free, however, to go to a pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas and the statue of the goddess of Mercy Guan Yin, you need to pay 2 Ringitta. To the top of the hill built a funicular. One-way ticket cost – 2 Ringitta. The statue of the goddess Guan Yin is made of bronze, her foot is a pond with fish and a gazebo. The Chinese goddess is traditionally considered a patroness and defender of the female half, childless families will come to her, who wish to have children. See my video from the temple of Kek Lok Si.
Coordinates: 5.399713, 100.273612
Opening hours: The temple is open from 9 am to 6 pm, the funicular works from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.
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