Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kek Lok Si Temple

Penang trip day 2 starts off with awesome breakfast!!! Day 2 is the day I planned for Kek Lok Si Temple visit and then to Penang Hill because they're just about a few streets away though you will need the bus to take you there. Can't walk. Hehe =P

We went to this coffee shop nearby our hotel. It's located before Lorong Macalister. A very quiet place but because we were too hungry and lazy to walk further for food hunt, so we settled here.

Hokkien mee and curry mee. Hokkien mee is available at every corner of Penang but they have different styles. Some with fishball, some with pork but they're mostly dry noodles unlike what we have in Kuching which is sweet and soupy. The curry mee, we both agreed that it tastes so much better than assam laksa we had the night before. Haha! =D

After breakfast, we proceed to digest our food and walked our way to bus station at Prangin Mall again because that's the main bus station for all the different routes. It's more like a bus terminal. Today we're taking bus number 201 or 203 or 204 to Kek Lok Si Temple. Bus ride was again RM2. Kek Lok Si Temple is located at Air Itam which is to the south of Penang.

YES! The day we're gonna walk up the temple right to the new bronze Guan Yin statue. And our journey begins =)

A humongous stone welcomed us! =D I have no idea what's written on it though.

When you reach this turtle pond, you know you're almost there. There's dozens of turtles in the pond. Big and small. Some on land, some swimming, some sunbathing while the rest just hide under the shed. Hehe =)

Hello from turtle pond at Kek Lok Si Temple! And then we proceed to climb the stairs.

Til we reach this big temple. Er that's actually the view outside the temple. No idea where that leads to. Didn't bother to check it out.

There, this is the big temple. Full of lanterns and gold God statues. Sorry but I have no idea what God this is and I have no 'human-dictionary' with me right now. He's busy elsewhere so yeah, you guys gotta bear with my needless explanation.

The gold God statues. They have the whole wall covered! Beautiful isn't it? =)

One thing that I always find fascinating about temples, their beautiful paintings on the ceiling. I had quite a hard time capturing this photo. Didn't manage to get a perfect one so had to post this near-perfect photo. Don't blame me, I was without a tripod =( And blame the Nikonian who doesn't know how to handle a Canon DSLR =P

Proceed with out journey without wasting time. Mom told me there's a way to get up to the very top where you will see a huge signboard written "回头是岸" but I can't seem to find the way =( Failed! So sad weh! I wanna go back and explore more.

That's the temple with the many gold statues.

Ah! Another part of the temple with many standing statues. Love this beautiful place!

My perfect shot of Kek Lok Si Temple using my very dear HTC. Yes! This came from my phone! =P

Hello from Kek Lok Si Temple! 9 years ago I was at this very exact same spot for a solo photo. 9 years later I'm here with my heart =) 

Next was to find our way to the bronze statue of Guan Yin. I wonder why they hung so many red and yellow lanterns all over the place. Anyone has any idea why? Feed me with knowledge.

So you aren't able to walk up. You gotta take this incline lift in order to reach the bronze statue! RM8 for round trip per person. Actually you can drive up, I just don't know how. Hee~

Going up! My first time taking this incline lift. 9 years ago the statue was still under construction. Now I'm back for more!

We found us! =D It's the year of dragon so yes we RAWR with red ribbon! =P

Little doggies carrying the huge heavy dog. If you know what I meant =D The little doggies seem tired no? =P

A small pond filled with koi fish~

That's the old Guan Yin statue. The other day while I was Googling about Kek Lok Si Temple, I stumbled upon a Penang guy's blog and he wrote about this old statue. It is said that at 1988 there was a huge flood at Penang and one of the arm of this Guan Yin statue actually broke. People had the beliefs that the arm broke just to save the people of Penang. Well, it's a beliefs so let's just pass it on =) Now the old statue is left at a side with only the top part remaining. I think the old one's more beautiful. Looks more pure.

The bronze statue of Guan Yin! I guess the left part is under maintenance or something. It took me some time to finally capture this perfect shot. Right it's perfect for me ok? So don't bother commenting on my photo skill. You know I suck at using Canon camera.

Hello from the bronze statue of Guan Yin! We finally made it to the top! Awesome feeling! =D Hmm....I wonder if those doors below the statue will ever be opened to public. And then again, what's inside? =P

It was lunch time that we decided we've seen enough of Kek Lok Si Temple and head down for our lunch. There's many coffee shops just below the temple. And we chose this coffee shop. The one with more people. Normally it means the food taste better eh? Hehe =P

*slurps* I'm making everyone drool at this hour. Wahahaha! Right. I'm making myself drool as well =.= Namely, curry mee with frozen pork blood and chicken rice. That's what I call food from heaven! Love the frozen pork blood!

Next up, we took the bus and went to Penang Hill. Hey wait up! Don't leave my page just like that. Drop some comment and do come back for more posts =) Chao!

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