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No, this is not a shot from Nepal but in fact its located in Penang island, Malaysia. Shot this from the foot of the hill of the temple during the evening and after rainy weather. This temple is called Kek Lok Si which is located in Air Hitam, very close to Penang Hill in Penang Island of Malaysia.

The huge structure on the left which is still under construction houses a big goddess of Kuan Yin statue, one of the biggest of its kind in Malaysia.

The Kek Lok Si Temple which means "Temple of Supreme Bliss" or "Temple of Sukhavati" is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang and is one of the best known temples on the island. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia as well. The temple is heavily commercialised with shops at every level when you walk up and inside the main temple complexes.

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.

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