Saturday, May 07, 2011
Kek Lok Si (极乐寺), Penang
he Kek Lok Si Temple (极乐寺) is one of the famous attraction in Penang and itr is named under the name - "Temple of Supreme Bliss". Kek Lok Si is situated in Air Itam, a suburb of Georgetown. You can make that by local bus from the Komtar, but you can also make it by taxi.
At the Kek Lok Si Temple ground, it contains beautiful gardens and sacred pond. One of the famous ones will be of course "The Liberation Pond" (Sacred Turtle
Pond). Chinese tradition believes that a turtle is a symbol of longevity, strength and endurance. It is an act of spiritual liberation when a turtle is captured and set free in this pond.
There is an inclined lift to carry pilgrims and visitors further uphill. On the elevated platform, you can find a pond filled with Koi and the towering statue of Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy, which can also be regarded as Avalokitheshvara, Bodhisattva of Universal Compassion.
The Temple brightly illuminated during the 33 nights following Chinese New Year.
For more information, please contact Kek Lok Si at 04-8283317.