PENANG's Famous Landmark - Kek-Lok-Si Temple
||Construction began at the hill slopes in 1890. The 7-storey,
handcrafted "Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas" was completed in
1930 and considered as Penang's most beautiful architectural
wonders featuring cultures of China, Thailand and Burma. Climb
to the top level and be rewarded with cooling breeze. Drop a
coin in the donation box and ring the huge bell. Walk around and
smell the incense. Admire the architecture and intricate
carvings. Buy some 'kang kung' vegetables from the stall
to feed the numerous number of tortoises at the Liberation pond.
Some locals due to religious sentiments, practise releasing
tortoises for them to lead a free life.
The hill temple is Penang's famous historical landmark located
in the small town distrist of
Air Itam . A bronze statue of Kuan-Yin (Goddess Of
Mercy), 30.2 metre in height, was initially built and completed
in 2002. Reconstruction work is in the progress of restructuring
the statue, after being exposed to rain and sunshine all these
years in the open without shelter. Reconstruction work is
expected to complete by 2013 year end.
Daily Opening Hours : 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Every year during
Chinese New Year festive celebration, the temple will
be brightly lighted with decorative bulbs and colourful lanterns
throughout the lunar month.
Air Itam Dam
Located on low hill area next to Penang Hill, was opened in 1962. Here
you can get panoramic view of
George Town and surroundings. Road is
accessible by car or trekking.