Saturday, January 7, 2012

Penang - Kek Lok Si Temple


Next destination... Kek Lok Si Temple (some called it the Temple of Supreme Bliss).  Constructed in between 1893 - 1905, I look forward to meet the tortoises! Meeting the tortoises was my highlight when I visited Kek Lok Si Temple during my childhood time.

Previously the statue of Guan Yin was in plaster white. It got damaged sometime in the mid of 1990s.
The new 30.2m tall Guan Yin statue was made in bronze and completed & opened to public in year 2002.  

The Guan Yin Pavillion...

Later, the temple management decided to modify / beautify the Guan Yin statue and also to shield it from the rain and shine. Thus the building of a "decorative shelter" was done in between 2005 - 2009. The granite pillars itself have intricate designs that I find so impressive!

Works here is still in progress.. not sure when will it be completed.

Nearby, there's a "Wishing Ribbon" area for you to make your wishes at RM1.00 each :p

Wishes made were then hung up on the bamboo pole and waiting to be fulfilled :)

The Stubborn COW, the Cheeky MONKEY and the Playful PIGGIES cam-whoring around the vicinity!

Inclined elevator!??? 

This is new to me! Long Long Long time ago when I visited, there's no such thing! You gotta walk all the way! :p

It cost RM 4.00 (return fare) for an adult to take a ride on this elevator which connects the Guan Yin Pavillion and the middle hall of the Kek Lok Si temple.

View from inside the lift, descending from Guan Yin Pavillion to the middle hall of Kek Lok Si Temple.

Watch a video of the ascending of lift here.

The walkway in between the souvenir shop & temple

One of the prayer hall 

Bonsai tree found nearby the prayer hall

The Pagoda of Rama VI/ Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas.

Googled a photo for Night scenery of Kek Lok Si & Guan Yin Status :p

>> More fun facts on Kek Lok Si Temple

Ohh.. you would be wondering where are the tortoises photos since I am so excited to visit them. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to descend to where they were because none of my "tourist" wanted to go..The guide must stay put with the tourist, No? :p


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