Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the top ten tourist attractions in Penang. Built in 1930, the seven storey Pagoda was the main complex at the time. Situated in a small action packed town known as Air Itam in the center of Penang, it was a prominent temple to be visited by Buddhist Pilgrims.
The seven storey pagoda is a piece of unique architecture, combining structures from Chinese, Thai and Burmese descent. This unique synergy emphasizes the varied and unique culture we have in Malaysia. In the year 2002, the statue of the Goddess of Mercy or better known as Guan Yin was added to the site. Built from bronze, this became an iconic sight which can be seen from afar alongside the original Pagoda.
Besides the two main structures described above, Kek Lok Si houses a few main pavilions and prayer sites for pilgrims. The prayer rooms are well decorated with Buddhist elements and one can feel the calmness of prayers and presence of Buddha when entering the prayer rooms.
The temple is open to public 7 days a week. During Chinese New Year, the temple will be lit up with colorful lights adorn with bright red Chinese lanterns to celebrate the new year. If you happen to be in Penang during the season, be sure to visit Kek Lok Si at night as it will be a rewarding experience.