Kek Lok Si means "The Temple of Supreme Bliss". This temple is located on a hill. It is the largest Buddhist temple complex in Southeast Asia.
In the picture is the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The history of Kek Lok Si started in 1890 when construction of the temple began. It was completed in 1930. This 7-tiered pagoda which took more than 20 years to build has a Chinese octagonal base, a Thai middle tier and a Burmese crown. It is here that I feel that no matter which Buddhism school we belong to, e.g. Theraveda or Mahayana or what religion, we are welcome to visit and /or pray to the gods. We don't have to go on a vegetarian diet before we enter the prayer halls.
Now we do not have to park our cars at the streets below and walk all the way up Kek Lok Si. We can drive up to the hill entrance where there are some parking lots. At this mid-level, there is a souvenir shop and a pathway that leads up to the main temple. There is also a Vegetarian Restaurant, a Liberation Pond and more souvenir shops at the lower level.
The beautiful courtyard beside the walkway where visitors can take some nice pictures.
There are so many Kuan Yin statues on this wall.
“Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas - Kek Lok Si Temple Penang Part 1 of 3”, a copyrighted post, was written for Klang, Malaysia Daily Photo blog by Autumn Belle @ http://mymalaysiadailyphoto.blogspot.com/ on December 28th, 2010.
Another view of the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas against the cloudy but blue skies.
The row of Buddha statues that seem to extend to infinity and to the heavens above.
On normal days, the temple opening hours are from 8.30am to 5.30pm.
Night-time visits are only allowed during the first 28 days of the Chinese lunar calendar. During the Lunar New Year season, there will be an annual lighting ceremony where the temple will be lit up by thousands of decorative bulbs and lanterns, turning it into a fairy land.
This year the 119-year-old temple entered the Malaysia Book of Records for the tallest pavilion at 89.23m, the tallest bronze Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) statue at 33.67m, and the tallest granite pillars at 42.24m.
For three nights from Chinese New Year’s eve on Jan 13, the entire temple was lit up from 7pm to 7am and on the third day of Chinese New Year to Chap Goh Meh on Feb 28, the lights were switched on from 7pm to midnight.
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