Travelogue

Kek Lok Si Temple (Part 1)

It has been years since my last visit to this prominent temple in Penang.

My first visit to this temple was many years ago when I was a little kid. The impression of the pagoda and Kek Lok Si was very high and I have to climb many staircases.

Now the pagoda seemed like shrinking in size. Besides the new Kuan Yin statue on the hill top, the rest of the statues remained the same as my previous visits. I took the cable car (perhaps the shortest ride in the world) and made a quick tour to the hill top.

There are many shops in the temples selling tourist souvenirs. My focus was on the more serene aspect of this over commercialized temple.

There were still some scenes and corners what were relaxing. 90% of the temple could be overwhelmed by the big crowd of tourists.

I think this is what actual peace of mind all about, to be able to find peace in the midst of busy world.

If you have 2-3 hours to spare, Kek Lok Si is a good place to spend an early morning for a walk. Don’t rush but slow down your pace, and pay attention to the little things.

Or explore the artistry aspect of the statues.

If you just see the surface, then KekĀ  Lok Si is nothing but another temple to you. If you could imagine the entire compound started in 1890 with small structure, and the pagoda was built in 1930, then you can understand the importance of this temple to the local devotees. Personally, I think the best time to visit Kek Lok Si is during the month of Chinese New Year, when the entire temple will be lit up.

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