Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple

Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas / , via Wikimedia Commons

The iconic Kek Lok Si Temple

 

Are you coming over to visit Penang? Then you mustn’t miss out on visiting Kek Lok Si Temple! Said to be one of Malaysia’s largest Buddhist temple, Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the finest temples in Penang! Located in George Town, this temple is no doubt one of Penang’s most famous attraction. The exquisite carvings, murals and sculptures on the temple, makes it a truly beautiful religious treasure! Its magnificent presence attracts worshipers from all across Southeast Asia every year!

There are three zones in the Kek Lok Si Temple, but what are these zones? These zones comprise of the 7-storey tall Pagoda(also known as the Rama Pagoda), the four heavenly kings, and the Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin. The Rama Pagoda, which is the most popular zone here, is the magnificent Pagoda of 10, 000 Buddhas! The four supreme kings in the hall of legendary Devas are the guardians of the temple. Kwang Mu (west guardian), Tou Wen (north guardian), Tseg Chang (south guardian) and Chi Kuo (east guardian).

This massively temple was initiated by Beow Lean in the year 1890, who was an immigrant but a devout Chinese Buddhist. It was later sold in 1893 and went into a sprawling additional construction after almost 20 years and was heftily as well as happily funded by the community of Penang Straits helpful Chinese.

This temple is also commonly known as the ‘Temple of Supreme Bliss’. It has a turtle pond which serve as a constant reminder about the tradition of Chinese, where turtles are creation for strength, endurance and longevity. The act of freeing or capturing the turtle signifies the liberation for spirituality.

Everyday, the temple attracts many worshipers over, however the best time to visit the temple is probably during the Chinese New Year. If you love to witness the celebration and join the crowd, then why not? During this festival, Kek Lok Si Temple will be adorned, and embellished in a festive season, so it will be especially beautifully during this period!

So, come on down to Penang today and visit this iconic Chinese Buddhist temple!

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