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Kek Lok Si Temple, Air Itam

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#1 of 45 in Historic Sites in Penang Island
Must see · Architectural Building · Religious Site
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Visit Kek Lok Si 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. Using our online itinerary creator, Air Itam attractions like Kek Lok Si Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This is an absolute must if you're on Penang. The temple is simply amazing and boasts lots of different rooms. Don't miss this! 
    This is an absolute must if you're on Penang. The temple is simply amazing and boasts lots of different rooms. Don't miss this!  more »
  • This temple is amazing, it is an absolutely enormous complex with lots of different shrine and temples to look round, not just one. There is a many storey pagoda you can climb up and a huge statue... 
    This temple is amazing, it is an absolutely enormous complex with lots of different shrine and temples to look round, not just one. There is a many storey pagoda you can climb up and a huge statue...  more »
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  • Kek Lok Si is a nice and impressive temple that is definitely worth a visit. The temple consists of several layers and is very easy to reach with small elevators (paid). There are men who drive back and forth with electric vans. In the high season I wonder if it is worth visiting the temple, we were there outside the main season and it was already a long wait for the elevators. Once at the top you have a beautiful view of the city and there are ponds with dozens (perhaps hundreds) of turtles to see.
  • Jaw droppingly beautiful. The photos don't do it justice. Must see in person to experience the true beauty of it all. No admittance fee either, just have to pay less than 10rm to use the sky lift to get to the top to see the big statue and view of the city. Very nice shop to buy Chinese items inside.

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