Penang Pagoda, Malaysia

Temple of Supreme Bliss: Kek Lok Si Pagoda in Penang

Rest on Penang for tourists is diverse: here you can spend hours walking through the streets of the old city or visit the many museums of the island

And also in Penang there are many temples of all kinds of cultures: Muslim mosques, Hindu mandirs, Buddhist pagodas. The latter includes the Kek Lok Si Temple or the Temple of Supreme Bliss. This temple is located near Georgetown, in the town of Air Itam, near the Penang Hill, and is one of the largest Buddhist temple complexes in all of Southeast Asia. This huge temple complex is one of the main attractions of the island, which is visited by every tourist.

The temple began to be built in 1890, and its construction was completed only 40 years later. The temple is located on a mountain, and its highest point (a huge bronze statue of the goddess) is clearly visible from a taxi or bus. Now tourists can wander through the vast territory, see the pagodas, arches with carvings, thousands of statues and magnificent architecture, which leaves an indelible impression.

Like other regions of Malaysia, Penang has its own unique attractions. What is only one Georgetown, which is under the protection of UNESCO. Tourism is one of the important sources of income for the island, because guests are always welcome here with hospitality. The best beaches of Penang are located in the northern part of the island.

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Penang Pagoda, Malaysia

From the hill where the temple is located, a beautiful panorama of the island

The temple complex Kek Lok Si consists of several prayer pavilions, carved pagodas, courtyards with statues of Buddha, bodhisattvas and Chinese gods, corners where you can retire on a bench among flowers. There is a large vegetarian restaurant near the temple. The architecture of the temple used Chinese, Thai and Burmese canons of design, reflecting the combination of two branches of Buddhism - Mahayana and Theravada.

The majestic Pagoda 10000 Buddha was built with an octagonal base in the Chinese style, a multi-layered middle part in the Thai style and the tip made in Burmese style. Thai King Rama VI himself laid the foundation stone for construction. Visitors come to the temple with their entire families, feed the turtles, pay respect to the Buddha and his teachings, light incense sticks and tie special ribbons to the stylized wish tree, which differ in color and meaning.

You can wish good luck in all matters, health, family protection, successful career, fulfillment of desires, financial well-being and even excellent exams. The statue of the goddess Guan Yin is made of bronze, at its foot is a pond with fish and a gazebo. The Chinese goddess is traditionally considered the patroness and protector of the female half, childless families come to her, wishing to have children.

There are a lot of interesting places in the Malay Archipelago, where it is worth a look, being in this region of Asia. Very remarkable is the island of Penang, which is part of the eponymous state of Malaysia. Looking at the photo of Penang in Malaysia, you understand why this island is also called the Pearl of the East - here the most interesting and beautiful sights and a large number of places of entertainment were concentrated.

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