Festival of lights at the Kek Lok Si Temple. One of the most spectacular temple in Malaysia perched on the hilltop of Air Itam, overlooking George Town city.
Once a year, this important pilgrimage site with local and overseas Chinese will put on a spectacular show of lights with thousands of lanterns stretching from the Air Itam main road to the temple. This must cost a lot of money to fund and lit all the lanterns for the duration of Chinese New Year.
It has been a few years since I have been back to the Kek Lok Si Temple.So much has changed at the base and pedestrian access to the lower part of the temple. There are more parking spaces and the walking trail is easier to see at night. The huge boulders with rushing water on the creek and man-made sculptural Chinese-style bridge and gazebo leading to the stairs to the temple is a nice addition and an impressive welcoming sight before ascending the steps to the temple.
It has become so popular with tourists. I have never seen that many tourists in Penang during Chinese New Year. It is a well coming sign of an auspicious Year of The Dog for Penang island.
Penang is truly an international destination and Kek Lok Si Temple is a destination by itself. A must for all Chinese visitors to Penang.
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