Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Famous Kek Lok Si Temple @ Penang

This dated June when we were there for a short trip. We didn't been to Kek Lok Si for a while so going there was a dejavu... There's few things you can do around Kek Lok Si, shopping, eating and the Penang Hill cable car. I did blog about the famous assam laksa around the area, read more about it HERE. We didn't manage to go up the famous Penang Hill as the tickets were sold out!

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Unfortunately, we were late and they were closing. Yet, they were nice enough for us to sneak in for a while.

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*Pictures are taken using Canon 20D with a combinations of Sigma 24-70mm and Canon 50mm and also Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ 15

A short history of Kek Lok Si as below from Wikipedia:

The construction of the temple began in 1890 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 Emperor Guangxu, who bestowed a tablet and gift of 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras.

The primary benefactor of the Kek Lok Si Temple in 1906 was none other than Kapitan Chung Keng Quee.

In 1930, the seven storey main pagoda of the temple or the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, was completed. This pagoda combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design, and a Burmese crown; reflecting the temple's embrace of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.

In 2002, a 30.2m bronze statue of the Kuan Yin was completed and opened to public. The statue is located on the hillside above the pagoda. - Wikipedia

The time we there, they were constructing a building surrounding the bronze statue of Kuan Yin. My first visit was in 1980s. The temple did multiple renovations and its much nicer now than it used to be. A must go place if you visit Penang.

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7 comments:

Big Boys Oven said...

Did you see my name at one of those tiles? :)

Jimi said...

Really admire your blog. How much do you spend per month on foods?

~ visited from IMCurtain

~Christine~Leng said...

My family and I never once missed the Kek Lok Si Temple everytime we're in Penang :) Must drop by. And not to forget the assam laksa nearby before going up here ;)
Thx to u and Racheal for the lift. We had a fun night :)

J2Kfm said...

come CNY, and the whole place lights up like a fairyland ...

i miss Penang. seriously.

Wilson Ng said...

bbo: ...... if i could read chinese

christine: yeah the guinness and the hokkien mee

jimi: good question! i spend moderately like other ppl... difference is I go to different places for foods... certain time, my food bill is covered when im working and sometimes i got tagged for fully paid food review sessions...i still have a huge backlog of foods and places that i havent posted yet...

in short, i do spend on foods, but in a moderate way! thanks for reading...

renaye said...

the temple looks so nice. i will visit it the next time i go to penang. i'm from penang but yet have never been there. goodness me.

taufulou said...

eh, you should try go to there on every chinese new year on the 1 week b4 and till chap goh meh..the light up the whole temple..perfect for photoshoot