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Penang Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia which began its construction back in the 1890. Houses a 7-storey handcrafted “Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas” and a 30.2m bronze Kuan Yin stature.The temple lights up in remarkable fashion during Chinese New Year. Over 200,000 decorative lights and lanterns will illuminate Kek Lok Si temple during festive period.

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Penang Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple is located at the foot of the Air Itam mountain in George Town on Penang Island. It is built over a plot of an area of 12.1 hectares (30 acres) that was donated by Yeoh Siew Beow. It is about 3 kilometers (1.9 mi) walk from the Penang Hill Station.

Most visitors approach the temple as they ascend a stairway, roofs of which provide shelter to a multitude of shops selling souvenirs and other – mostly secular – commodities. They pass by a so-called Liberation Pond, following the Buddhist tradition of merit-making, turtles may be released into freedom, albeit a limited one.

The temple itself consists of several large prayer halls and pavilions for assembly and prayer, statues of Buddha; various Bodhisattvas as well as Chinese gods are being venerated. The architectural features include carved pillars, fine woodwork, mostly painted in bright colors, and a plethora of lanterns add to the visual impression. Fish ponds and flower gardens are also part of the temple complex.

There is a cable car to carry pilgrims and visitors further uphill. On the elevated platform, there is a fish pond, and the towering statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy which is worshiped by women to beget children. The monks and nuns, who are housed in a monastery and who are in charge maintenance and operation of the temple complex, consider it as a spiritual retreat to attain salvation.


Opening Hours : 9am – 6pm
Address : 1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, 11500 Ayer Itam
Contact No. : 04 – 828 3317
Entry Fee : Free