One on in a series of pictures taken on a stormy afternoon in the Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple complex in the town of Ayer Itam in Penang.
Kek Lok Si is the largest such complex in Penang. The buildings that make up the complex are a mixture of Chinese, Burmese and Thai styles.
The construction of the temple began in 1890 and was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street. With the support of the consular representative of China in Penang, the project received the sanction of the Emperor Guangxu, who bestowed a tablet and gift of 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras.
The primary benefactor of the Kek Lok Si Temple in 1906 was Kapitan Chung Keng Quee.
In 1930, the seven storey main pagoda of the temple or the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, was completed. This pagoda combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design, and a Burmese crown; reflecting the temple's embrace of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.
The complex is still being developed. In 2002, a 30.2m bronze statue of the Kuan Yin was completed and opened to public. It replaced the previous white plaster Kuan Yin statue which was damaged due to a fire a few years earlier. The bronze statue is located on the hillside above the pagoda while the head of the previous statue which survived the fire is preserved and placed on the right hand corner of the new statue.
(Above courtesy of Wikipedea)
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emka (76255) 2014-02-17 23:32
You reach deep in your drawer or hard disk. Beautiful red roof under the dramatic sky. Haha, pagoda of ten thousands Buddhas. How many Buddhas big or small I have seen? Many thousands, I suppose.
WArm regrads MAlgo
serp2000 (39248) 2014-02-17 23:39
Hi, Stephen, my neighbor today,
This photo reminds me my tours to Thailand, I have looks like photos with the same colors. Simple but interesting photo. I am not expert of this architecture, so thanks for the informative note.
saxo042 (37220) 2014-02-18 0:19
A beautifully composed picture with very strong and attractive colours. A fine capture of the worried sky.
Nicou (119347) 2014-02-18 0:52
quelle ouverture daqns ce ciel gris foncé blue sueprbe cet effet de lumirèe et ce toit coloré quelle compo et vue mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
subhendu_bagchi (25495) 2014-02-18 1:41
excellent minimalism here. I love your composition with strong colour contrast and having great sharpness. A superb one indeed. Tfs.
RhodieIke (11512) 2014-02-18 1:42
You good do a photo blog, around the world with Nunney, in 80 photo's.
Splendid architecture in this Malaysian image, love the Cranes in the front, would love to see more of this interesting Temple building.
Just rain today with sun outbursts.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-18 2:00
The roof stands out through its vibrant colors, and the ornate designs.
timecapturer (47354) 2014-02-18 2:09
seen all too many of these skies recently. But it does make for some excellent and moody shots, especially when taken like this. A glorious contrast of bright colours against nature's amazing backdrop. Works perfectly!
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-18 3:09
the details of the roof are very decorative and its bright colors set up against stormy sky create eye catching contrast. Good choice of tight framing although it makes me wonder how pretty is the whole house since you are giving only a glimpse of the painted walls.
Great colors, contrast and sharpness.
dta (64874) 2014-02-18 3:12
hello Stephen ,
Très belle image de ce temple coloré avec un impressionnant ciel d'orage en arrière plan .
Graal (96404) 2014-02-18 3:18
amazing contrast and saturated colors. Interesting architecture and details of roof. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
Sergiom (57673) 2014-02-18 5:54
C'est mon ciel préféré pour la photographie. Quel bel effet dramatique derrière ce toit orange. Une contre plongée qui donne de l'ampleur.
COSTANTINO (53603) 2014-02-18 5:54
Hello dear friend
dynamic shot with strength and hidden mystery
the coming storm cganges everybody s mood
and make the atmosphere more angry
nice pov of the roof
have a nice weekend
Fis2 (83878) 2014-02-18 6:53
Interesting details of the roof against the menacing sky.
Good frame and super colors.
Have a nice afternoon
Royaldevon (28337) 2014-02-18 7:20
The colour contrasts are immediately eye-catching.
You have caught that strange luminosity of light that occurs just before a storm. It has made the roof of the temple so striking with its colours and its textures. No wonder you chose to photograph it!
My warm regards,
SnapRJW (30665) 2014-02-18 10:10
Hello Stephen - The rich colours and low key look works very well here. A shot packed with the atmosphere of an impending storm! Did you get a soaking? Warm regards Rosemary
jurek1951 (41243) 2014-02-18 11:41
a beautiful photo of this elegant architecture, the composition is very nice, great lights and details, splendid shot,
Cricri (104293) 2014-02-20 6:16
Merveilleuse couleurs du temple contre le ciel orageux, toute belle réalisation
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-02-20 6:30
Hello Stephen - what an explosion of color! Backed by the stormy cloud above, the roof really explodes here in reds and oranges. The partial crop you've given it works beautifully to accentuate the roof without anything unnecessary. Wonderful light and color management here - thanks!
mirosu (13155) 2014-02-21 22:41
Excellent low angle viewpoint. The house roof is in superb light. The contrast against dark sky is perfect.
Very well done
Wish you a very nice weekend.
ourania (29309) 2014-04-11 12:57
this must be a marvelous place, your note offers fascinating information about it. I like very much the drama and mystery evoked by your photo. You have created an interesting composition with fine perspective and intriguing details. You give us an enticing hint about the architecture but focus on the contrast between the dark, threatening sky and the elegant red roof. You managed the light and the intensity of the colours very effectively, the atmosphere is thrilling. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (81693)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-04-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: CANON EOS 10 D, Canon 28-80 3,5-4,8 USM IV
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-17 23:22