Visiting this place feels like you've been dropped into a scene from Mulan. It's the authentic asian experience you've been looking for. Kek Lok Si is the largest Buddhist Temple in Malaysia. It's well known for the Pagoda of Rama VI (Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas) along with a hundred foot statue of the Goddess of Mercy. Did I mention it's also free?

Kek Lok Si is about a 3 kilometer (1.9 mi) walk from the Penang Hill Station, but I recommend calling an Uber, or renting a scooter. 

Start down below directly off the road in a vendor-lined hallway and hike up to the top, or get dropped off in a large parking area directly in front of the temple. Numerous paths will lead you around the temple, and giant Buddha statues greet you as you walk. Bring a camera, and head up any time of day. 

If you want a real treat, visit Penang during Chinese New Year, as the Temple is lit up with 10,000 lights in the evening time for thirty days following the start of the new year. It's a great opportunity to do some night photography at the temple.

My friends and I grabbed lunch at the food court below, as the highly recommended vegetarian restaurant at the temple was closed. You're good to go with either choice!

Enjoy!

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Money for souvenirs (if desired)
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic

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