Kek Lok Si during Chinese New Year – Penang, Malaysia

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Kek Lok Si, or Temple of Supreme Bliss, is a sprawling complex on a hillside overlooking the town of Ayer Itam. Construction began in 1890 and has never really stopped. There are a variety of building shapes and styles, including Chinese, Burmese and Thai, all of which can be seen in the original seven storey high Ban Po That, or Pagoda of 10,000 Buddha. A more recent addition is the giant bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin, a shelter for which is currently under construction.

We visited at the end of Chinese New Year, when for 30 days Kek Lok Si stays open late and is lit up with thousands of lanterns and fairy lights.

Kek Lok Si by day

Kek Lok Si by day

Kek Lok Si by night during Chinese New Year

Kek Lok Si by night during Chinese New Year

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  1. Looking back through the travel archives #My7Links - July 26, 2011

    […] a small temple in Malaysia, but an older post that still gets a lot of traffic is a few photos of Kek Lok Si, on Penang, during the Chinese New Year illuminations.Close second:Another was a 700 word whinge about failing at learning Mandarin […]

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