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May 22, 2012

Photo of the Week: Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang, Malaysia

Some of the many statues at Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple outside Georgetown, Malaysia.

Sitting outside of Georgetown, Malaysia, on the island of Penang is one of the most impressive Buddhist Temples that I’ve ever had the chance to see: Kek Lok Si Temple. Located at the top of a small hill, the temple is most well-known for the Kuan Yin statues that soars 30 meters over the top of the hill’s peak.

When heading up the path to the temple, you’ll first notice the myriad of trinket sellers and a small pond filled with hundreds of turtles. However, once you reach the temple ground the craziness of the shops below fades away. Built as a Chinese temple in Malaysia at the end of the 19th century, Kek Lok Si Temple features several large stupas and pagodas in addition to it’s giant hill-topping statue.

In my opinion, walking around Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the best ways to experience Chinese culture in Malaysia.

The picture above features several of the statues that do the temple landscape. If you are ever in Penang, I highly recommend a trip to see Kek Lok Si Temple.






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