Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang, Malaysia

Yet another beautiful temple I came across during my internet search on places to visit in Malaysia.

If Petronas Towers is part of national iconography of Malaysia so is Kek Lok Si Temple, The Temple of Supreme Bliss. While the former is symbol of modern Malaysia, latter is a creation existing and growing since 1890. I mentioned the word ‘growing’ because its construction is continuing there even today. Kek Lok Si  Temple is a joint effort of Malay-Chinese community. This is the largest Buddha temple of South-east Asia and is situated in Penang.

                                      (Pic from Beehive Communications)

The manner in which souvenir stalls and food stalls are flourishing at the entrance to the temple, it is a clear indication that this temple is vigorously sought after not just by the worshipers but also by the tourists. Cruising your way through these zillion stalls, a turtle and fish pond is an experience by itself. You have to walk good number of steps lined with shops before you find yourself at the entrance. The crowd gets thinner from here.

The first temple is Chamber of Seated Buddhas, it has three golden Buddhas all smiling. With a small fee you can get to the interiors of the beautiful ‘seven storeys Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas’. This is considered the ‘face’ of Kek Lok Si. The place is worth spending some time exploring it. Each floor has unique Buddha statues. As you climb the floors and reach the top you get a stunning view of Penang from here.

                                              (Pic from Wiki)

The star attraction of this temple is the 36m tall statue of Goddess of Mercy, a bronze statue. You can take a cable car ride to the top level to see Her. Till some years back She had just the sky as cover, see the picture from Wiki. This view is gone. Today you will find a huge roof over the statue supported by sixteen granite pillars intricately carved with beautiful designs. Some RM40 million was spent to construct this.

A great place to visit independently or with family!

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20 Responses

  1. Fantastisch liebe Indrani…

    Umarmung und Grüsse aus der Schweiz


  2. Joop Zand says:


  3. Seems like a lovely temple. Nice post Indrani.

  4. alicesg says:

    I was there last year. Hope you have a great time in Penang.

  5. Sylvia K says:

    Beautiful temple and a great post as always, Indrani!! I have a good friend who just returned from a trip to the area in and around Penang and he loved it!! Hope your week is going well!

  6. George says:

    This sounds like a fascinating place to visit. The temple is absolutely gorgeous.

  7. Farida says:

    I think I've seen this on the way to Genting Highlands. One can't miss the massive statue.

  8. Gattina says:

    Looks so beautiful ! what an architecture !

  9. Panchali says:

    Beautiful pics, Indrani. Thanks for sharing..

  10. Pearl says:

    it must have been nice in the open air but I suppose it will last longer under a roof.

  11. Carver says:

    Very beautiful temple and great shots.

  12. arabesque says:

    inviting post!
    haven't been there before,so this is interesting.

  13. nice !nice shooot!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Meoww says:

    That is soo cool 🙂 I somehow love the Buddhist temples. Very serene there! Love the lanterns hanging there too!

  15. ewok1993 says:

    I like places/spots where you can take a cable car ride to get there.

  16. eileeninmd says:

    Indrani, beautiful shot of the temple and sky. Your photos are lovely, thanks for sharing. Happy skywatching!

  17. AmitAag says:

    A great post! Fabulous skies! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Rajesh says:

    Interesting temple.

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