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Most of the people visits Penang for gluttonous appetite towards the delightful nourishment available on this small little island. However, when it comes to Chinese New Year, on top of food, fighting the traffic all the way along constraint and narrow Air Itam’s road is a must to many towards the pride of Air Itam, Kek Lok Si Temple.

In normal circumstances, I’ll never go near places with such terrible traffic condition but for the close view of this, I did mine on the 5th day of CNY after a supper yamcha session was call off. Of course, I didn’t follow the usual main stream most people would use. I took a de tour around the housing area and parked my car slightly more than half a kilometer away from the foot of the temple. Walking, the best way to avoid wasting time in the car stuck in the traffic jam queue.

How can you resist such a beauty?

you can actually park your car further and walk all the way up there but still these lazy people willing to jam all the way up there.

bumper to bumper, slow moving traffic

Kek Lok Si is one of the biggest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia and it is the only reproduction miniature in Window of the world located at Shenzhen representing Malaysia. Maybe KLCC still not erected by then.

Kek Lok Si’s ‘Old wingz’ Pagoda

Not many really went for prayers

Pineapples with lights

Everything is surrounded by lighting including Buddha

No matter where you are, the only thing you will not miss is lanterns. They are all over the place replacing the normal fluorescent light.

Sea of lanterns this is call ya?

Passage de Lanterns ;p

The highlight of the temple for this year is no longer on its lighting and pagoda but the Goddess of Mercy (Guan Yin) under the Pavilion supported by 16 skilfully crafted giant pillars. This is the 1st year it is fully light up. The whole structure doesn’t look big right? The pavilion rised 82.7 meters from base to tip which is approximately equivalent to 20-storeys building. The Guan Yin on the other hand holds the height of 30.2 meters downsized from initial plan of 120 meters. 30.2 doesn’t sound impressive right? Well, Statue of Liberty marks only 34 meters from heel to top of head and 5 more meters for the hand. Now, comparing both, the Goddess of Mercy no longer really that small right? However, there is one Guan Yin standing mercifully with the height of 108 meters on the sea at Hainan Island, China making her the 4th tallest statue in the world.  That’s what you call stupefying.

Brilliantly magnificent

View at Air Itam’s town from the temple

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  1. SC

    SUPERB!

    February 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm
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  2. joshuaongys

    Hou Ah~

    February 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm
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  3. Myhorng

    SC, indeed if we are referring to the lighting. ;)

    joshuaongys, not hou but Huaaat arrrr….

    February 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm
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  4. ShaolinTiger

    Nice shots, haven’t been there since kuan yin completed.

    February 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm
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  5. KY

    wooo beautiful!

    February 25, 2010 at 4:54 pm
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  6. Myhorng

    ST, compliment from you is such honourable wei. thanks.

    KY, oh yes… pretty nais nais nais.

    February 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm
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  7. Hong Chern Wern

    i love the pineapple candle shots..hehe

    oh ya the secret angle..you know the 7 11 shop rite? beside/between the temple, walk up (hike up) for about 10mins..and you will see a farm on the left..that’s the location..you will be able to take the whole view of KLS there..

    February 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm
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  8. zheng

    ( ⊙o⊙ )哇!好吸引人o。看了这些照片,马上有个冲动——这两天,或者元宵节去槟岛一趟。。。去年,我跟一班朋友去东禅寺观赏花灯。下午驾车去去,当晚凌晨两点多才回到家。虽然很累,还是觉得值得,因为能够感染最浓的新春气息。

    February 26, 2010 at 2:26 am
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  9. Myhorng

    HCW, should tell me earlier then i can hike there. but i went there last min also. reached almost 11 dy.

    Zheng, 如果有时间,不妨走一趟。我个人觉得还蛮值得的。怡保槟城并不是太远。太多事情我们总是想前顾后的。往往时间一去不复返,回头一看,遗憾集如山。

    February 26, 2010 at 10:27 am
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  10. Bengbeng

    splendid shots here. thanks!

    February 26, 2010 at 4:23 pm
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  11. Annie Li

    嘿嘿。。。好可怜哦!好好打针哦。

    March 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm
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  12. Myhorng

    Bengbeng, thanks for the compliment.

    Annie, u commented on the wrote post i think. anyhow, thank you…

    March 2, 2010 at 12:47 am
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  13. Ms. Jazz

    aw such a beautiful place!

    March 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm
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  14. Jolyn Goh

    Last year I went Guan Yin still haven completed yet.. from your pic can see it is beautifully done now, too bad I didn’t go… =.= Next year ady bah…

    March 20, 2010 at 9:53 am
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