Kek Lok Si Temple

Attraction Ayer Itam, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016

2 hours
09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Must see
Kids
Temple & Monument
1.00 USD

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The Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang and is one of the best known temples on the island.The construction of the temple began in 1893 and was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street.

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Why Kek Lok Si Temple is special ?

The Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang and is one of the best known temples on the island.The construction of the temple began in 1893 and was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street. With the support of the consular representative of China in Penang, the project received the sanction of the Manchu Emperor Guangxu, who bestowed a tablet and gift of 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras

What to explore at Kek Lok Si Temple?

At the Kek Lok Si Temple ground, it contains beautiful gardens and sacred pond. One of the famous ones will be of course "The Liberation Pond" (Sacred Turtle Pond). Chinese tradition believes that a turtle is a symbol of longevity, strength and endurance. It is an act of spiritual liberation when a turtle is captured and set free in this pond.

Another interesting view that you can see there will the supreme statue of The four heavenly kings. Sited in the Hall of the Devas (Tian Huang Dian), each of the Mighty Kings controls one of the four points of the compasses.

How to get to Kek Lok Si Temple?

By Road or Bus

Depending on where you’re coming from, take the Rapid Penang Bus 201, 203, 204, 206, 306 or U502. You will be able to see the Kuan Yin statue from afar. Stop at the bus stop located along Jalan Pasar, at the foothills of the temple. From there, follow the signs leading to the temple.

Source: http://www.tourism.gov.my

Selling points

  • Excellent Buddhist Temple
  • Beautifully set on a mountain side
  • Tranquil large temple
  • Nice place to relaxing
  • Spectacular building and views
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
141.13 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
22 places

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Ayer Itam, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • You can take a bus or taxi from George Town. Depending on your location, you can take Rapid Penang Bus U201, U203, U204, U206, T306 and U502. If you come from Batu Ferringhi, taxi is your best choice.
    Transportation
  • You should make a donation and write some well-wishing verses with you or your family's name on a roof-tile that will one day be put on the roof. Be prepared to do a lot of stairs & walking, but it will be worth it.
    Things to do
  • You mustn't make too noisy You must be respects all terms of temple.
    Things to do
  • There was a vegetarian restaurant in the temple compound which open till 6.30 daily except Monday so you can spend your whole day there and explore the place slowly
    Food
  • Take note to dressed appropriately. Wearing the comfortable shoes.
    What to wear
  • Don't drive up if you want to visit at night. You won't get the parking. Need to pay for the parking fees.
    Experience
  • Don't forget the camera.
    What to bring
  • You should go here early. Before 9am. You'll see another side in the emptiness of the temple. The best time to visit Kek Lok Si is during the Chinese New Year celebrations, when the temple is adorned with thousands of bright hanging lanterns.
    Timming
  • It's very hot at the afternoon and likely crowded during weekends. Do not come in this time.
    Timming
  • You can try the assam laksa near the wet market...This is the best in Penang and even Malaysia.
    Things nearby
  • Car park is plenty and available.
    Parking
  • Parking to the temple is 1$
    Parking

Reviews

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There's a new Lift but its more like a Furnicular Rail to go to the top, great views !!!

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The laksa near kek lok si temple is the best laksa I've ever eat in this 20 years

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I would say the most beautiful Chinese Temple in Malaysia... The art and statue simply amazing

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Try the assam laksa near the wet market...claimed to be the best in Penang and some even said Malaysia.

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Happy Chinese New Year!

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The Kek Lok Si Temple complex is huge. Be prepared to do quite a bit of walking and climbing up stairs but the effort is definitely worth it. Great views of the temples, pagoda, Buddha statues and 30m tall statue of Kuan Yin. Kek Lok Si Temple is about 5mins drive apart from Penang Hill so it makes sense to visit these attractions at the same time.

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We recently had the opportunity to visit Malaysia a few days. Enlisting time I visited Kek Lok Si temple. In my opinion this can be considered as one of the most beautiful temple systems, the most spectacular in Malaysia. It was built on the hills of Penang and overlooking the city from here is very nice. You can take the tram to visit the temple. If you walk will take quite some time. From here I can take beautiful shots of the city. The process of restoration, new construction, or addition has made it more colorful , the Chinese is probably like the color more than any people on earth.The temple has too many visitors. The remarkable attractions in the Guan Yin statue, releasing reservoir, the trees, the temple corners, very beautiful temple roofs. towers and lots of beautiful, gorgeous scenes. Visit time: about 1-2 hours is more than enough. Go !!!

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It is believed to be the 2nd largest temple in South East Asia and one of the biggest attractions in Penang Island. We have spend almost 3 hours moving around one place to other inside the temple. Very quite and calm atmosphere in side the temple complex, there are lots of space to sit and relax and coffee shop also available. Visiting Kek Lok Si Temples is worthy and we enjoyed it.

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We recently had the opportunity to visit Malaysia a few days. Enlisting time I visited Kek Lok Si temple. In my opinion this can be considered as one of the most beautiful temple systems, the most spectacular in Malaysia. It was built on the hills of Penang and overlooking the city from here is very nice. You can take the tram to visit the temple. If you walk will take quite some time. From here I can take beautiful shots of the city. The process of restoration, new construction, or addition has made it more colorful , the Chinese is probably like the color more than any people on earth. The temple has too many visitors. The remarkable attractions in the Guan Yin statue, releasing reservoir, the trees, the temple corners, very beautiful temple roofs. towers and lots of beautiful, gorgeous scenes. Visit time: about 1-2 hours is more than enough. Go !!

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Most beautiful temple in Malaysia, the view from atop is breathtaking

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