Penang Kek Lok Si temple, Malaysia

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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.Β 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Better than expected

Penang Kek Lok Si temple - Georgetown - Malaysia - Southeast Asia 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.

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Guan Yin Statue

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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.

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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.

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The ceremony

Penang Kek Lok Si temple - Georgetown - Malaysia - Southeast Asia

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.

Penang Kek Lok Si temple - Georgetown - Malaysia - Southeast Asia

Coin Jars - Guan Yin Statue - Penang Kek Lok Si temple - Georgetown - Malaysia - Southeast Asia

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.

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Feeling emotional

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.

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Make a wish

Penang Kek Lok Si temple - Georgetown - Malaysia - Southeast Asia

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.

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Special experience

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.Β I recommend you participate this sacred ceremony if you have a chance to visit Kek Lok Si.

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Penang Kek Lok Si temple - Georgetown - Malaysia - Southeast Asia

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