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Kek Lok Si Temple

The ornate pagoda atop Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the central features of the island of Penang, Malaysia. This temple, whose name means “Temple of Supreme Bliss”, represents the harmony found between the Mahayana and Chinese Buddhism that are both prevalent in Malaysia. Kek Lok Si Temple was constructed in the late 19th century and subsequent renovations and additions have made it the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. The temple is the hub of Chinese Buddhism in Penang and generous donations from this community have allowed the interior to be even more ornately decorated. ... Read more »

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  • Climb the steep staircase as you approach Kek Lok Si Temple to find a bevy of interesting souvenir stands, as well as the Liberation Pond, where you can release a turtle to make merit.
  • Take the lift to the upper platform atop the hill where you can check out the massive statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy and get amazing views of Penang below.
  • Enter the main prayer hall where you will find brightly painted, intricate woodwork as well as statues of Buddha and various bodhisattvas revered by Penang Buddhists.

Getting There

Kek Lok Si Temple is situated in the Air Itam region of Penang, not far from the city centre. The easiest and cheapest way to get there is by the Rapid Penang Bus System that has several routes that will take you directly to the base of the temple. There is a lot to explore on the grounds of Kek Lok Si Temple, so walking will give you the best chance to absorb the atmosphere as well as the spectacular views. You can also hire motorized rickshaws or taxis from the city centre.

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Sunway Hotel Georgetown
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4.2
out of 51 Reviews
33 Lorong Baru New Lane Penang 10400

Sunway Hotel Georgetown is an elegantly appointed accommodation that offers convenient access to cultural and corporat... More hotel details

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Hard Rock Hotel Penang
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4.3
out of 52 Reviews
Batu Ferringhi Beach Batu Ferringhi, Penang 11100

Presenting standard facilities and luxurious comfort, the Hard Rock Hotel Penang offer intimate hospitality and friend... More hotel details

Award Finalist 2012 : Most Family-Friendly Hotel
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Bayview Beach Resort Penang
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4.3
out of 53 Reviews
Batu Ferringhi Beach Batu Ferringhi Penang 11100

Offering comfortable accommodation and quality services, Bayview Beach Resort Penang is the perfect base for tourists ... More hotel details

Award Winner 2012 : Best Beach Front Hotel
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Lone Pine Hotel Penang
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4.4
out of 51 Reviews
97 Batu Ferringhi Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang 11100

Lone Pine Hotel Penang offers modern service and is a perfect place for both business as well as leisure travellers. T... More hotel details

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Award Finalist 2011 : Top Hotel for Hawker Food
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Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang
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3.5
out of 55 Reviews
53 Persiaran Gurney Penang 10250

Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang is the right choice for those who are looking for quality accommodation and service in M... More hotel details

Award Finalist 2011 : Top Spot to Watch a Local Festival
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Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang
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4.4
out of 59 Reviews
25 A Farquhar Street Georgetown Penang 10200

Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang welcomes business and leisure travellers with attentive service and comfortable accomm... More hotel details

Award Finalist 2012 : Best Hotel to Experience UNESCO Sites

GLOW Penang

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GLOW Penang
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3.6
out of 52 Reviews
101 Macalister Road Penang 10400

GLOW Penang welcomes travellers with comfortable spaces set centrally in the vibrant and heritage-rich Penang capital,... More hotel details

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Eastern and Oriental Hotel Penang
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5.0
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10 Lebuh Farquhar Penang 10200

Eastern and Oriental Hotel invites leisure and corporate travellers to luxurious accommodations set right in the centr... More hotel details

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Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang
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3.4
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Jalan Tanjung Bungah Penang 11200

Get away from the hubbub of city living and escape to the blue waters and pristine beaches of Penang by booking a stay... More hotel details

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Hotel Equatorial Penang
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3.8
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1 Jalan Bukit Jambul Bayan Lepas Penang 11900

Strategically located on the Southeastern part of Penang Island, the Hotel Equatorial Penang commands panoramic views ... More hotel details

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