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“A must visit” 5 of 5 stars
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Kek Lok Si Temple
No. 1, Tokong Kek Lok Si, George Town, Penang Island 11500, Malaysia
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“A must visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

High up overlooking Penang, are thousands of Buddhas , the most spectacular 30 meter one ,plus temples ornately decorated, a multiple story pergola can be walked through .

Visited February 2013
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“Nice surprise in my visit to Penang”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

I was driven there by a Malay-Chinese friend that recommend me the visit to the temple, and it really worths a long visit, the temple, pagoda, Buddhas there and all is really amazing, so nice! Flowers, parks, figures and installations are really quite well, all nicely clean and the views from the top of the pagoda are very beautiful I recommend to be there at least one morning...afterwards we ate in a local market nearby and was maybe the best food I had in Penang...

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“In celebration of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This monastery, which was built over a period of time beginning in th late 1800s, is a tribute to Goddess of Mercy. It is best accessed by car or bus. Built on the crest of a hill, you can either park at the base of the hill and walk up, like a mini pilgramage, or, if you are like us, you can drive up and park in the grounds. The main pagoda, of the 10,000 buddhas, which was built in the 1930s is a special feature. The base of the Pagoda is a traditional Chinese octagon, the central tier is in the Thai style, and the crown is in the Burmese style. The Pagoda symbolises the monastery's embracement of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism. More recently in the early 2000s a bronze statue of Kuan Yun was completed. Kuan Yin is a popular deity, but especially of Penang. The complex is really a series of of monasteries, prayer halls and gardens. Another feature is the Tower of Sacred Books. Here are held 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras. These hand written scripts are a gift from the Manchu Emperor, Kwang Xi. Yes, there are souvenir shops and ponds and "things to do" and places to take photos, as well as amazing views back over Penang. It seems that these diversions are there to help visitors quieten their mind. By giving people something familiar and secular that engages them, they can more easily slip into a contemplative frame of mind. This place is really worth a visit. Visually it is most engaging with a panoply of colours, so take your camera. Children will enjoy this place also. The giant statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, will surely be an image that will stay with them.

Visited January 2013
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“The top is beautiful but the stairs are rundown”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

I was shocked to see after a 30yr absence that the stairs up to the top are now neglected and the turtles who were bad 30 yrs ago are even worse of now. Cramped and no access at all.
However, the top has obviously had a lot of money spent on it and does look beautiful so do the views from the top. It is all free so is probably a must see. We had a driver who dropped us at the top which was lucky as we had been unwell so 1000 steps up would off been a struggle ;) for those who do have mobility issues you could be dropped up the top for at least the views and the giant Buddha

Visited December 2012
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“giant statue of kwan im”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

it's a chinese budha temple near air itam market to get there you must climb couple hundred stair step up to the temple then you will find lift to take you to the giant statue of kwan im (2 Rm). Kek lo si is very beatifull at night with colorfull lamp just like christmas tree. to get here you can take bus number 204,201 from komtar or jetty

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