The Kek Lok Si Temple (极乐寺;), meaning “Temple of Supreme Bliss”, is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang and is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.
Kek Lok Si Temple was one of the places that was recommended to us by our driver. Getting there was a tough, tough journey. First, we had to endure a long ride in our car, which was thankfully equipped with powerful air-conditioning on a really hot day.
The problem was that the traffic at the base of the temple was really bad as our car crawled up to a suitable spot to drop us off.
It is weird to say this, but it was pretty obvious that Kek Lok Si Temple is pretty commercialised, judging from the number of shops that line the narrow alley as well as the numerous stores in the temple itself.
Not gonna say too much – it is a time consuming trek as we make our way through the stairway, Liberation Pond and halls for prayers.
At the end, there is an inclined lift (warning – long wait) that brings you uphill to an awesome, 30-metre tall Guan Yi Statue.
These are “wishing-ribbons” that you can buy at Kek Lok Si. After buying them, you can write your message on it before hanging it up!
At the end of it all, take a few seconds to take in the wonderful view in the brain-melting heat.
Time for lunch at Jalan Penang!