Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple located at Penang (Malaysian state). It is on the hillside starting from Batu Ferringhi (Town in Penang) about 50 minutes, and entry is entirely free. Finding the temple is very easy. There are also some restaurants and other gift shops, so be ready to spend time there too. One of the best tourist destinations in Penang, and it takes great advantage. The turtle Pond area is the must-visit on this trip. Buddhist hope is to release the ( captive animal ) – free turtle, which will bring them good luck, so turtles release events have been around for quite some time. There is more than 100 turtle in this area. This temple plays an active role in place of devotion for mutually Taoists (philosophical tradition) and Mahayana (existing branches of Buddhism) Buddhists.
At the time of New Year, this temple becomes admiring, because several lanterns (portable source of lighting) and candles provide an ambiance that makes visitors a whisper. The foundation stone was laid in 1893; The temple opened in 1905 was sacred with a stone tablet containing seventy thousand copies of the Buddhist Sutras (collection of aphorisms) by the Manchu Guangxu ruler (Emperor of China).
The most familiar part of the temple is the Pagoda (tiered tower) of 10,000 Buddhas . The 100-foot-tall statue of Kuan Yin (Avalokiteśvara), Goddess of Mercy, was added to the shrine in 2002. Construction of a detailed shelter over the figure continues today, financed by the Malaysian Chinese community.
Admission is free
Entry into the Pagoda & Skylift : RM2
There is no specific dress code. But tourists are advised to follow knees and shoulders covered decent dress.
Wednesday : 8:30am–5:30pm
Thursday : 8:30am–5:30pm
Friday : 8:30am–5:30pm
Saturday : 8:30am–5:30pm
Sunday : 8:30am–5:30pm
Monday : 8:30am–5:30pm
I visited this temple once… The temple was immensely crowded during Lunar New Year celebration, usually January or February. So plan your visit accordingly.