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Kek Lok Si Chinese Temple, Air Itam

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Visit Kek Lok Si Chinese Temple, the largest Buddhist complex in Malaysia. Established at its hilltop location in 1891, the temple harmoniously combines architectural influences from across the region. Its main feature remains the impressive seven-story pagoda and its 10,000 alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha. The ample grounds include separate areas of relaxation and contemplation, with pools, ponds, and well-maintained, peaceful gardens. A venerated place of worship, the temple attracts pilgrims from across Southeast Asia and beyond. Take a look at our Air Itam trip generator to schedule your visit to Kek Lok Si Chinese Temple and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Visited this temple during CNY. We were there on the first day they turned the lights on!! It was the most beautiful site I have ever seen. This is a must do when visiting Penang. The temple was so hu...  more »
  • We we came to Penang,this was the first place I was sure,I have to visit,I like budhist temples. This one seems to be more attraction for turist,every you move further requires to go through shops wit...  more »
  • I've visited a few Buddhist temples and Kek Lok Si tops all! This is definitely a must in Penang if you prefer a peaceful environment! The structure is impressive with extensions taking place during D...  more »
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  • This is the one of Chinese temle you have to visit in Penang. You can pray with Kuan Yim, Goddess of mercy.
  • One of the best tourist attractions in Penang. Only turn off is beggars inside temple, at-least they won't chase chase us for money, still it's not pleasing when seeing them inside temple.
  • Also known as Temple of Supreme Bliss located at the hilltop of Ayer Itam, Penang.
  • Really nice temple it's huge and a must visit. Be aware of the many stairs you'll have to climb to get to the top. But the view is worth it!
  • Amazing Kwan Im statue