Penang – Day 1(b)

kek lok si
The Kek Lok Si Temple (极乐寺) 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 – Wiki

kek lok si
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. – Wiki

kek lok si
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. – Wiki

kek lok si

kek lok si
You can get wonderful views of the surroundings from the elevated pagoda.

kek lok si

kek lok si
Construction is currently still underway for a ornate shelter for the bronze Guanyin statue.

inclined lift
The easy up and down from visiting the Guanyin status would be the inclined lift.

kek lok si

kek lok si
There is a stone stairway which leads the way down from the temple to the Air Itam market.

Assma Laksa
There lies the store which is selling the famous Assam Laksa.

Assma Laksa
I thought it was just average even though this store is almost found in most of the travelogue from Asia when they came filming. I am wondering if the standard become a little like mass production due to the overwhelming popularity. However there are still ardent fans out as people were continuously streaming in.

Hiam Ji Peng
Too bad I was too full, else the freshly made hiam Ji peng would had been a awesome snack

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