Penang Kek Lok Si temple? Isn’t it just another temple?
I like to visit temples like the beautiful ones in Ayutthaya but seriously, there are too many temples in Southeast Asia. After visiting too many temples, I got tired of them. If you read my post about First time backpacking in Bangkok for 7 days, you will understand what I mean. I’m also not a type of person who has a mission to visit every single touristic attraction every city or country I go. When I first saw Penang Kek Lok Si temple on the list of places to go in Penang, I wasn’t that interested. I thought ‘Kek Lok Si? What a weird name. It looks too touristy. I can’t be bothered to go there.’ My friend said Penang Kek Lok Si temple is amazing, but I wasn’t convinced at all.
Being a tourist in Penang
One day, my good Malaysian friend, Jordon offered to show me around Penang. I had no reason to say no to a nice offer.
He took me to Penang Hill first. It was a sunny day. The sky was blue. The view from the top of Penang Hill was so amazing! I loved it so much.
Going to Penang Kek Lok Si temple?
After Penang Hill, he suggested we go to that famous Kek Lok SI temple. I wasn’t quite sure it was a good idea to go to Penang Kek Lok Si temple. But I couldn’t say no to him since he wanted to show me one of the famous temples in Penang.
Better than expected
Kek Lok Si is located on the top of the hill. Kek Lok Si is a complex with different styles of temples. Buddhabuddha statues in each temple are so distinctive from the temples I’ve visited so far.
Guan Yin Statue
The highlight of Penang Kek Lok Si temple was definitely a huge Guan Yin statue at the very top of the hill of all the temples. I was so surprised by the size of the statue. It was so tall and giant that I couldn’t take the whole statue in one frame.
Guan Yin is a goddess of Mercy. She has a warm smile on her face. I feel so relaxed looking at the face of Guan Yin.
I found there were some suspicious dark jars in a circle at the bottom of Guan Yin statue. I was curious why there are jars.
Jordon went to talk to one monk and he gave me a small jar full of coins. He said I should walk in a clockwise direction and make a wish every time I put one coin in each jar.
I prefer Buddhism over other religion since Buddhism focuses on meditation, finding inner peace and one’s enlightenment but I’m not a religious person so I thought it didn’t make much sense to me to pray something to Guan Yin. But I did it anyway because Jordon spent money to give me a chance to experience part of his culture.
It was awkward at first, but soon I started to get into it. As I putting the coins, I felt a bit emotional. I remembered what I have been through for the past 5 years. It was quite tough indeed. I felt like crying.
Make a wish
I also thought about my goals and dreams. I could picture myself being a writer, a traveler, a teacher living in countries I like and explore the world.
Some people might say it’s just a way of making people spend money at the temples. Yes, it could be true. But it was a great spiritual journey for me. I don’t think paying RM 10 is not that much for having a special experience. I recommend you participate this sacred ceremony if you have a chance to visit Kek Lok Si.
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