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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.

  • 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.

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.

Hotels near Kek Lok Si Temple

51 hotels near Kek Lok Si Temple

1 The Northam All Suite Penang

4 stars
3.6 / 5 22 reviews

55 Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah Map

Offering top-notch facilities and plush spaces strategically located in the heart of Penang commercial and leisure district, The Northam All Suite Penang creates an ideal base for travellers... More

2 Georgetown City Hotel

4 stars
3.1 / 5 10 reviews

Jalan Burmah Road Map

Georgetown City Hotel makes for an ideal base with chic comfortable accommodations and accessible location in this part of Penang. This sophisticated Georgetown hotel places visitors within... More

3 G Hotel Kelawai

5 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

2, Persiaran Maktab Map

G Hotel Kelawai, is where iconic design and cutting edge lifestyle set the stage for exclusive and extraordinary experiences. With 208 Rooms, the hotel is uniquely inspired by innovative design to... More

4 Sunway Hotel Georgetown

4 stars
3.9 / 5 47 reviews

33, New Lane (off Macalister Road) Map

Sunway Hotel Georgetown is an elegantly appointed accommodation that offers convenient access to cultural and corporate sites of Penang. While on a Penang holiday, tourists should not miss a chance... More

5 Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang

5 stars
4.1 / 5 37 reviews

53, Persiaran Gurney Map

Evergreen Laurel Hotel Penang is the right choice for those who are looking for quality accommodation and service in Malaysia. Penang Botanic Gardens, Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill are some of... More

6 1926 Heritage Hotel

3 stars
2.0 / 5 1 reviews

227 Jalan Burma Map

Built in 1926, it served as a home to the British colonial officers and local administrators. Today, it has been refurbished into a Heritage Hotel with most of its Anglo-Malay architectural essence... More

7 Hotel NEO+ Penang

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

68 Jalan Gurdwara, 10300, Penang Map

The new Hotel Neo+ Penang located in the heart of Penang is a modern and 100 % smoke free hotel specially designed to meet the needs of discerning guests. With the hotels unique design of Eastern... More

8 G Hotel Gurney, Penang

5 stars
4.4 / 5 12 reviews

168A, Persiaran Gurney Map

G Hotel Gurney, Penang is a stylish haven overlooking the great Malacca Strait featuring contemporary accommodations outfitted with fashionable designer furniture. Tourists learn more about the... More

9 Hotel Sentral Georgetown

3 stars
2.5 / 5 2 reviews

No 12, Lorong Kinta Map

Strategically positioned in Georgetown, Hotel Sentral Georgetown offers comfortably furnished accommodations making an ideal base for vacationers exploring the Penang capital. This cosy hotel... More

10 Hotel Royal Penang

4 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews

No 3 Jalan Larut Map

Hotel Royal Penang offers upscale accommodations located near the financial district, suitable for corporate and leisure travellers visiting this side of Malaysia. Tourists at this Penang hotel can... More