Standing on a hilltop at Air Itam, near Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. The complex is divided into three zones while the temple grounds comprise the hill entrance, souvenir, food and drinks stalls and the turtle liberation pond. The mid section of the temple houses temples, gardens, the pagoda and the four heavenly kings pavilion; meanwhile the hilltop plays host to an enormous statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) as well as more gardens and temples
In 2002, this 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.
The best time to visit Kek Lok Si is during the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, when the temple is adorned with thousands of bright hanging lanterns for 15 days.
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Noel_Byrne (29195) 2014-03-02 5:43
Nice to see you post! A brilliant view of this statue, surrounding it with these vivid red lanterns gives a brilliant sense of celebration and reverence. This is a very striking scene. Love the addition color in the lower right corner too, like a little rainbow of bokeh. You chose a perfect vantage point to allow us to see all of the statue too!
Best wishes from Ireland
siudzi (34141) 2014-03-02 9:53
This is very eye-catching night presentation due to the excellent light management. The red diagonals lanterns created a beautiful scene and added something special to the moment. Well done!
- Copyright: Chian Sing Lai (kim_gwan) (418)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 2014-02-05
- Categories: Festivals
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- Date Submitted: 2014-03-02 5:35