Friday, September 25, 2009

Kek Lok Si Temple

The Temple of Supreme Bliss that sits majestically at the hills of Ayer Itams is
perhaps one of the remarkable gifts that Penang possesses today.

The symbolic and unique characteristic of Kek Lok Si is made well known not only to
locals but also to the mass population of Malaysia. It is like a name that closely
related to history of Penang as a whole. Right now, it has becomes one of the top
tourist attractions in Penang that is frequent by travelers all around the world.

Founded more than 100 years ago by benevolence Beow Lean, a devout Buddhist from Fujian province, the temple was once given the name of "Huock San" (Crane hill) due to the hills resemblance of crane spreading its wings.

The main attraction of the Kek Lok Si Temple is of course the impressive and striking
Pagoda of Rama VI which was completed in the year 1930. It is known to be laid by
the Thai Monarch himself. Widely known as Wan Fo Pau Ta or "The Pagoda of 10
000 Buddhas", The Pagoda displays a collection of Alabaster and Bronze Buddha and
it also contains a Chinese octagonal base with middle tiers of the Thai architecture
and is tapped with a Burmese Temple crown. And towering over one hundred feet
and seven storeys high, The Pagoda is currently the largest of its kind in Malaysia.

The latest additions to the temple complex include the reconstruction / refurbishment of the huge 30.2 m bronze statue of the Greatly Compassionate & Sagely Kuan Yin Avalokitesvara, the completion of the Guan Tong Great Hall, the Aghast Hall and the installation of an Incline Lift to the statue of kuan Yin.

The Kuan Yin statue was completed and opened to the public end of 2002. If you want
to get a close-up look of the Kuan Yin statue, look for the signs of the "Incline Lift" that can brings you there. It is an elevated box sized lift mounted on rails. The cost for using the "Inline Lift" will be RM2 each way.

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