#14 day of February – Kek Lok Si Temple

Halfday Penang Hill & Kek Lok Si Temple Private Tour with Penang Laksa  Lunch 2022

Kek Lok Si, is one of the most prominent Chinese Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Unquestionably one of the top Penang attractions on the island. It’s a short walk up followed by a fast lift ride (cost 3 RM). But for a true treat, go all the way to the top of the pagoda for some spectacular views.


Kek Lok Si Temple, located on the Malaysian island of Penang, was built in 1891. And is one of the largest and best temple complexes in Southeast Asia. Kek Lok Si Temple, with millions of magnificent images of Buddha. Hundreds of beautiful meaningful carvings, sculptures, and murals in the interior and exterior of the temple halls, pagodas, and archways. Mahayana Buddhism and traditional Chinese rituals blend into a harmonious whole in temple architecture and daily worshipers. Is a center for Chinese culture and Buddha teaching and a unique heritage treasure.


12 Oct 2021 Kek Lok Si temple in Air Itam, Penang, ravaged by fire

Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam, Penang, was caught up in an early morning fire that damaged an estimated 70% of one of its temples before mitigation efforts were initiated. The rescue team from the Paya Terubong Fire and Rescue station was informed of the incident before 3AM – around. Which time the fire was expected to have started. A report by Free Malaysia Today quotes Steven Ooi from the Kek Lok Si Temple, that rats may have “knocked over an oil lamp before a Kuan Yin statue at the prayer hall”. Which is thought to be the reason behind the incident.

Kek Lok Si temple affected by fire
Image credit: Lee Beng Poh

The Kek Lok Si Temple was built in the late 19th-century. Serves as an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists in Southeast Asia. The seven-story tower is also known as the Pagoda of Rama VI. With 10,000 alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha. And the 36.57m-tall bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy is the main attraction of the temple.

Kek Lok Si temple damaged by fire
Image credit: Seang Cskuah 

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