Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si Temple
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  • rosegrove77
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia388 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large and impressive… but not well cared for
    This site is up on a hill side so has a great view of the town below. It’s an extensive site with lots to see. It could be amazing but it’s so poorly maintained, it really spoils it. It is worth the wait to catch the lift to the top to see the giant statue. It’s ok, but could be better.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 3, 2023
  • May F
    Loveland, Colorado2,461 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kek Lol Si temple at Air Itam Penang
    I came here when I was a young child, I have this wonderful opportunity to bring my kids to visit. Of course there are so many changes but the old structure of the Chinese temple, pagoda visit and the tram to see the goddess of mercy status at the top of the hill. You will need to pay rm3 per person for the tram and rm2 to climb the pagoda. Don’t forget to try the food hawkers by the market below.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Alexander Mokretsov
    Chalong, Thailand2,167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Temple, Great Energy and Peaceful Atmosphere
    Wonderful temple, definitely a must visit. Although the place is quite touristy the temple energy and peaceful atmosphere can definitely be felt there. Great place to spend at leas half of the day there and enjoy the beauty and tranquility and make some wishes.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Steven S
    Pattaya, Thailand778 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large temple complex over a number of levels.
    My taxi driver dropped me off at what I assumed was level 1. Walked around and found my way up to level 2. From level 2 they are running a minivan service costing MYR6 return to the upper levels. Many nice things to see including the ornate prayer houses. I had read about a tram but I think this is currently been replaced by the minivan service. A lot of ongoing construction all around. I had wanted to walk down steps back down to street level but I could see this was closed off as well. Still, an interesting large temple complex to visit. No shortage of souvenir shops. Happy to have visited.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Leanne K
    Melbourne, Australia58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Keep your camera handy, so much to see!
    We got a grab to kek lok si, it is a huge and beautiful complex, make sure to explore all the different areas, it is huge and diverse. The huge Kuan Yin at the top is simple breathtaking, so huge and beautiful, photos just can’t do it justice. Very happy to have experienced KekLokSi and recommend a visit, probably set aside a good 2 or 3 hours
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Haytham Abu Firas
    Qatar19,225 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Buddhist Temple
    Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Penang, Malaysia. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, and is also an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhists from Hong Kong, Philippines, Singapore and others. Be prepared for a good walk.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Matthew G
    Vereeniging, South Africa76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enlightenment
    For people who enjoy Buddhist temples and their spiritual meaning. This is the place to be. The tip I would advise is to go in the morning to enjoy the temple before the sun is at its highest. You would need about 3 hours to appreciate the temple fully—a must-visit for all.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 14, 2023
  • Sia65
    Singapore, Singapore736 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pit stop after Penang Hill
    We hired a driver who drove us all the way up to the new wing where a 30m bronze statue of the Guan Yin under a pavilion stands. As the temple is on a hill, you get to see Air Hitam town and the surroundings (better view than Penang Hill summit which was shrouded in cloud). We came because it is a stone throw from Penang Hill funicular station and also a major tourist attraction.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 23, 2023
  • Adrian Lee
    Semenyih, Malaysia7,191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well time spend with family
    A splendid time well spend going back to ancient Chinese history visited the Goddess Of Mercy with many Gods. Architecture are well maintained even though is quiet old; a time of relaxation and time of well spend with family bringing them around mesmerising the scenery and moments together. 💞💞
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Craig M
    Mirfield, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Place
    This place is amazing and definitely worth a visit. How this was built in 1891 I’ll never know. Its stands high above Penang with fantastic views. There are plenty of steps which can be an issue if you’re not too mobile, especially in 35 degree heat. There are a couple of inclined lifts which can help. You do need to take one up to the top to see the 30m high Buddha. Highly recommended
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 13, 2023
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MissWan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
While we usually visit other countries with giant Buddha or Goddess of Mercy statues, closer to home, am proud we have our giant Goddess of Mercy too. I just wish that this place can be better maintained. Visited some years ago and things didn’t seem to improve much. It’s still a maze trying to get to the furnicular (train) to go up to the statue as the station is located within a packed shopping area. There’s a new car park being built. Perhaps we will drive all the way up if that doesn’t cause traffic congestion.
Written January 2, 2020
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tmlie
88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
No visit to Penang Island is complete without a stop at the famous Kek Lok Si Temple complex. Marvel at the stunning architecture. Take a leisurely climb along the ascending road up to the main complex. For those who want a less strenuous way up, you can take the funnel lift which requires tickets. Only issue is that everyone who wants to visit the Bronze Guan Yin statue has to take the funnel lift to the summit.However its well worth as one can get a beautiful birds eye view of Penang once up there. Hopefully once all renovation is done, one can have a choice of walking up.
Written January 9, 2020
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LESTERSEOW@SEU338E
Penang Island, Malaysia118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It is free to enter the temple but some of the places especially those on top of the Kek Lo Si Temple have to be paid just to be seen. Even though you have to pay just to enter the top of the temple, I would recommend it. The view on top is pretty stunning.

Beside that, the architecture is quite stunning. In term of size, it is really huge and you can spend up to half a day just exploring this temple. There is a lot to see and I would recommend slowing down your pace to take a glipse at everything. In addition, it is recommend to come in the morning as early as possible as the journey to here can be very jam.
Written April 5, 2020
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Anwar
Singapore, Singapore34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Huge temple grounds in penang with sprawling courtyards filled with lush flowers. The national flower of malaysia, the hibiscus can be seen in many colours here.

Spend about 1 hour wandering the gardens and navigating the stairs of the temple before arriving at the lift that takes you to the tall guan yin statue at the top .

Do check out sisters curry mee and air itam assam laksa when going to kek lok si .
Written March 11, 2020
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ONGJINGYUAN@SEU338E
Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I am glad that after I revisiting the temple after some years, there are some changes including the Kek Lok Si temple was more decorated and lit. For me, the most special thing is the pagoda temple is built on the hillside. The striking seven-storey Pagoda of Rama VI (Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas) was very marvelous and it makes me amazed of it...
Written May 17, 2020
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Cameron C
Edinburgh, UK305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is a really interesting temple to go and look. It is built across several levels however you can use the little vehicular railways to get from level to level (and see all the gift shops). Huge Buddha at the top and a great view back out over Penang
Written January 27, 2020
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK2,601 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A very beautiful temple with some really magnificent artwork and designs. It’s also very large and free to enter - you can stay here quite a while. The only bits which you have to pay for is the entry to the tall pagoda (2 ringgit each) and if you want, the lift up to the big Buddha (3 ringgit one way). The only downside I thought was the amount of scaffolding and roof tiles, wheelbarrows and tools just left around the place, all in visible view when walking round. It kinda took away the authenticity of it. Overall though, absolutely worth a visit.
Written May 6, 2023
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88marvel2015
Kuala Selangor, Malaysia51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Came here after visiting the Penang hill. These 2 places are quite close to each other. WE drove all the way up to the temple to park our car. The temple looks very colourful, clean and big. Was trying to go further up to see the Goddess Of Mercy statue and the Pagoda building but my surprise that you need to pay extra RM6/person (2 way to Statue of Goddess), RM4/person (2 way to Pagoda). This place has become very commercial and there also shops selling souveniers too. Since iit is a place of worship, there isnt much excitement. Also, you will see some beggars along the corridor and walkways, which is not a good sight to observe.

Regards
Written February 29, 2020
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Ng Kherh Xing@SEU338E
113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I visit the temple during Chinese New year evey year. Even I go evey year, it is still suprising me with different lightening and decoration. Sometime I still enjoy the firework because the temple is located at the half of the mountain and the night view of whole Penang is suprisingly nice. You could feel the atmosphere of CNY there.It is a place that worth to visit if you visit the temple during CNY.
Written April 15, 2020
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Sally Thoe Downs
Albuquerque, NM5,402 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We came back to check out if the renovation on the Goddess Of Mercy and her pavilion was fully completed but was surprised to see that it still required final touches as one side of the scaffolding was still intact. Once completed it would be the most stunning and the tallest Guan Yin statue in the world. The nice thing was we were able to ride the tram to view the statue.
Written March 2, 2020
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