Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day 9...

Today we are doing a tour of the Penang Hill and some of the temples around the city. Unfortunately we have to take a jeep ride up to the top of the hill as the funicular train is being upgraded. The ride up is amazing as the road is quite steep and narrow. A few monkeys appear on occasion.  It is quite a panoramic view from the top; it is a shame that there is a lot of haze covering most of the view over the sea and the mainland. A quick drive back down to the bottom to our awaiting driver, and we are off to our next destination of the Kek Lok Si Temple.

View from Penang Hill

Thirumurugan Temple, Penang Hill

Temple Statue

The drive to the temple takes us through the busy city streets, past the Chinese heritage Centre and the State Mosque. The Kek Lok Si Temple is an amazing complex, the seven-storey handcrafted “Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas was completed in 1930. The Pagoda is considered one of Penang most beautiful architectural wonders with its Chinese octagonal base, Thai middle tier and Burmese Crown.

The Pagoda

Inside one of the temples

We make our way to the Funicular train to get to the top to view the bronze statue of Kuan Yin which was completed in 2002.

Taking the funicular to the top

30.2m Kuan Yin Bronze Statue
completed in 2002

That's it for tonight, but there's more to come...

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing such an interesting place!