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Kek Lok Si Temple

Air Itam, Penang Island 11500, Malaysia
+60 4-828 3317
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Air Itam, Penang Island 11500, Malaysia
+60 4-828 3317
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A nice to visit if you are in the area and a couple of hours to spare. It felt more like a Buddhist visitor centre than a temple though. Not a monk in sight, but very beautiful buildings and a great view from the top.

Thank SouthCoastFamilyMan
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Well worth the trip, a stunning temple with colours and architecture to be admired. Be sure to take the lift up to the statue for a super impressive view of George Town.

Thank LissC0011
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a huge chinese Temple. Your visit can last between 1 to 2 hours. You may be able to do this in the early morning, and then go to Penang hill or visit the Dam for a hike,

Thank Jose Eduardo B
Reviewed 5 days ago

We visited Kek Lok Si temple, built in 1891, which is the biggest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. We took a Van (cost RM40/hour), which took us to the foot of the temple. We walked from the foot of the temple and took an inclination lift...More

Thank Sivalingamsingapore
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This temple is huge and beautifully done. One small gripe I have is that I suppose with the increase of tourists in the area, you can't help but get the feeling the place has been commercialised. The souvenir shops even sell fortune cats and I...More

Thank m_wanderlust
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Without wishing to repeat the commentary of many other reviewers, my take on this temple is that it is a photographers paradise, not only in terms of the temple, its artefacts and its gardens, of which there are many, but also in terms of the...More

Thank DiscerningDoyenne
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can drive up by car and park right in front off the temple - first surprise for me. Pay just 3 RM for parking. The temple has many different areas. Nice architecture, colours, gardens en of course statues. Expect to pay entrance to the...More

Thank Matthijs V
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gave myself 1 hour to tour the temple, but realised that I needed twice the time...... (Which is a good thing). It is pure grandeur amidst beautiful mountains and scenery. Love the tram ride up to the supersized Guan Yin statue. Not to be missed...More

Thank mariajanuaryhb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's an incredible temple located close to George Town (15 min) and if you are in Penang it is a must to visit, you should also climb to the top so you can see a big Buddha

Thank Gerrymddg
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is supposed to be a Chinese temple, and with the flashing neon lights from afar, one's anticipations are high. However, once inside the temple, such high expectations are never quite met. The temple has turned into a tourist spot, with multiple "packages" selling specifically...More

Thank TravellerAnother
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Um T
July 27, 2017|
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Response from Bubette99 | Reviewed this property |
Won't recommend taking taxis in Penang as they don't charge by metres but charge a fixed price, so going from place to place can become quite expensive. If you have young children, it's better to hire a car. Driving in... More
June 4, 2017|
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Response from Elan g | Reviewed this property |
You can get grab to the hill but the cost will be high. I suggest use the cable car which much much cheaper.Kek lok si you need to walk and go thru the stairs the you will have fun.Any way you can use car to the top.
Sadia A
May 7, 2017|
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Response from Sabine E | Reviewed this property |
there are a lot of stairs, but can be also visited by elderly people, slowly... but not the top of the pagoda. not suitable for wheelchair. you can drive by car to the middel and to the top. at night is especially good... More