Kek Lok Si Temple Penang

Popularly known as Temple of Supreme Bliss. Situated on a hill and facing the sea in the town of Air Itam is one of the most beautiful and biggest Buddhist temples of Southeast Asia.

It is close to Penang hill and one of the must-visit places in Penang. It was such a visual delight to see so many red and yellow lanterns decked up all around the temple as a part of the Chinese new year celebration.

The temple creates an inexplicable impression the moment you set eyes on it.

Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang in Pictures :

As we entered the temple there was a huge shop, selling a variety of souvenirs, food, and drinks. Passing through that we entered to an open courtyard surrounded by numerous temple, plants and a small pond in the center with a sitting Buddha statue. The temple was quite vibrant and colorful. Every corner was beautifully decorated. You can’t stop yourself marveling the paintings on the wall, intricate woodwork, and carvings.

Kek Lok Si Temple Penang







The temple is dotted with beautifull landscaped gardens.

Oh wait, thats not yet …a small shaded pathway took us to another section of the temple. As we entered there, we saw numerous golden colour buddha statue standing and glowing in the sunshine.



But the main highlight was the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas. The one you can see below, this unique structure was a marvel to behold. Unfortunately we did not had time to visit the pagoda. But there is always a next time. 🙂


As we stepped in to the main hall of the temple, we were welcomed by the waft of incense scent and the prayers enchanted by priest. It was a peaceful place to be. A huge laughing buddha statue was covered in a glass with golden carved pillars and the hall was covered with intricate handwork, colorful laterns and paintings.





As we got out of the main praying hall, we headed towards the elevator lift to reach the Sky garden at the Hilltop. The hilltop is part of the temple and can also be reached by car or bike by taking another road.

The highlight was the massive Kuan Yin or Goddess of Mercy statue (Mahayana Buddhism). I was quite thrilled seeing the statue of Goddess of Mercy for the first time. The statue was 82.7 meters tall and the roof was supported by 16 granite pillars embellished with ornate carvings and guarded by four fierce looking Guardians from the four directions.

Soaking in the peace and tranquility of the beautiful temple, we walked slowly towards the car saying adieu to return back again.



Cable Car to go uphill




Goddess of Mercy


Hundreds of Lanterns swaying


Wish. Wish. Wish



Note :

Pricing: Free unless you decide you want to go into the Temple of 10,000 Pagoda and Skylift to uphill.
Hours: 9am-6pm daily.

Official Website: Kek Lok Si temple



The Tales of a Traveler was part of the Fam Trip organized by Malaysia Tourism.



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  • Reply
    July 5, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Very beautiful temple. Different kind of charm. Excellent pics.

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    rupam { xhobdo }
    July 5, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Awesome temple ,
    Thanks for all amazing photos.

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    Archana Kapoor
    July 5, 2015 at 2:37 am

    Looks lovely and the pictures are awesome… thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply
    Ami (Yearful of Sundays)
    July 5, 2015 at 7:38 am

    The pictures are such a beautiful burst of colour! 🙂

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    July 5, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Very bright photos. Love the angle at which some of them are shot.

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    July 5, 2015 at 10:31 am

    How colorful pics and you in mono chrome! Loved it. such a fabulous destination.

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    Tara Nair
    July 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Lovely captures, beautifully decorated temple and it must have been a peppy visit ever to any temple is it? Thanks for sharing these wonderful views for us and so I would love to be there. I have always been drawn to such temples especially because of Buddha and will be more than pleased to see 1000s of them 🙂 Thanks again

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    July 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    The temple looks awesome through your lens!

  • Reply
    July 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    B’ful temple and post did justice 🙂

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    Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    July 5, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Beautiful pictures and a great narration. The temple of 10,000 Buddhas has come alive through the picture… 🙂 Loved your ‘happy’ picture too… 😀 <3

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    July 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

    It does not look like a temple, looks like a happy, chilled out place that is colourful as well… This is just totally cool…lovely huts and carvings, laterns and stuff… it would have been nice if you went to that 1000 pillars as well(:

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    July 6, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Wow…that is a gorgeous post! I can feel Penang. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the link

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    Sri Kri
    July 9, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Totally speechless.Lovely post with excellent shots.Love the “Happiness” shot so much.Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    Alok Singhal
    July 11, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Such a beautiful temple, so colorful! Beyond words…

  • Reply
    Shoma Abhyankar
    July 13, 2015 at 9:29 am

    nice post, amazing pics….i like reading your travel tales

  • Reply
    July 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Hi Swati,
    Very touching narration and excellent pictures.Now I realy missing penang

  • Reply
    July 23, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Love all the pictures!

  • Reply
    Chaitali Patel
    August 6, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Looks like a lovely place to visit! Great photos

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