Kek Lok Si Temple
One of the finest Buddhist temples in South-east Asia. Stands majestically
on a hill in Air Itam, this temple built in tiers culminates the
beautifully crafted ''Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas''. It took
more than 20 years to build which features gardens, a turtle pond,
shrines and beautiful sculptures. There are many souvenir shops
leading up to the temple which offers good buys. And as for food
lovers,famous hawker food are lined up near the Air Itam market.
The temple was begun in 1890 and, from all appearances, construction
really hasn't ever stopped. And it's still going on! The temple
is supposedly the largest in Malaysia.
The Kek Lok Si project was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess
of Mercy Temple of Pitt Street. With the support of the consular
representative of China in Penang, the project received the sanction
of the Manchu Emperor Kuang Hsi, who bestowed a tablet and gift
of 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras.
Without doubt the largest and best known temple in Penang, the
Temple of Supreme Bliss, better known as Kek Lok Si, staggered on
the hillside overlooking the town of Ayer Itam.
Since the olden days, the hills of Ayer Itam are regarded as important
geomantically. Known as He San, or Crane Hill, they are recommended
as a retreat for Taoist practitioners striving for immortality.
Construction of the temple started in 1893, but it was only in
1930 that the Pagoda of Rama VI, named after the Thai king who laid
the foundation stone, but better known as the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddha's,
Opening Hours: Early morning to late evening
This pagoda combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier
of Thai design, and a Burmese crown, reflecting the temple's embrace
of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.
Admission is free