A Guide To Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple
Elah Angelica
Elah Angelica 
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Whenever you’re in Penang, Malaysia, one of the most favorite hot spots to visit is Kek Lok Si Temple. Known as the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, this iconic destination has three sections. The temple grounds contain the hill entrance, food, and souvenir stalls. The midsection houses the pagoda and the heavenly kings’ pavilion, while the hilltop features the iconic statue of Goddess of Mercy, as well as, stunning gardens and temples. Though the temple is stunning by itself, there is more to discover. We will let you find these discoveries for yourself. Do check out our guide to Kek Lok Si Temple for a hassle-free trip in Penang, Malaysia.

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Kek Lok Si Temple

Come visit one of the biggest Buddhist temple in South East Asia named Kek Lok Si Temple (which translates as Temple of Supreme Bliss) in Penang.

1. Things to do

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Once you set foot at the doorstep of Kek Lok Si Temple, you will notice that its location is close to many destinations worthy of your visit. Some of the highlights you can check out are listed here:

Temple of Supreme Bliss

Once you’re through with touring the main grounds of Kek Lok Si Temple, there are also temples within the area, that might pique your interest. One perfect example is the famous Temple of Supreme Bliss. It’s a complex of Malaysian-Chinese community featuring a maze of kiosks and fish pond. Whenever you have time, consider stopping by.

Gurney Drive

If by chance, you’re visiting George Town for a whole day-trip to see Kek Lok Si Temple, you should consider visiting the famous Gurney Drive. It’s the best spot for shopping malls and restaurants all over the place. If you’re up for a little walking by the seaside with beautiful views, then, this is a place you shouldn’t miss.

Streetfood Penang

When visiting a foreign place, it’s never a bad idea to indulge in some food journey. If you want to have a little something of everything in Penang, the best way to experience this is to visit Streetfood Penang. Once you arrive at the place, you are bound to drool at the different aromas. Try out some of the town’s famous street food.

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2. What to eat

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We all know how tiring walking around and indulging in some fun can be, so it’s only natural to be hungry after a long day of enjoyment. And we have the perfect solution for that. Continue reading down for some dining recommendations near the temple to replenish your energy.

Kek Lok Si Vegetalian

If you’re a vegetarian, then Kek Lok Si Vegetalian is the perfect place for you. Serving tasty and healthy veggie dishes, it will surely satisfy your taste buds. It’s only a short walk from the temple, so if you feel like you’re not up to traveling further, consider dropping by this restaurant.

Sister Yao's Char Koay Kak

Visiting Penang will not be complete without trying out its famous delicacies, char koay kak, which is available in Sister Yao’s Char Koay Kak. It’s basically deep-fried rice cake with eggs, bean sprouts, and chilies, an aromatic bliss that keeps you drooling for more.

Tong Hoi Seafood Restaurant

Calling all seafood lovers out there, Tong Hoi Seafood Restaurant, a short drive from Kek Lok Si Temple, and serves the best seafood dishes in town. One of the dishes to try is one of the favorites of regulars, which is the crispy sweet sour fish. Customers state that it has the right amount of sweetness and sourness, which makes it great. If you also enjoy meat dishes, you should try their claypot curry beancurd.

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3. Travelers tips

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Avoid wearing revealing clothes

Since you’re going to visit a holy place, it will only be appropriate to wear clothing that suits your destination. It will not offend any tourists or locals who are a bit sensitive and conservative when it comes to choice of clothing, be sure to wear something that doesn’t show too much skin.

Wear comfortable shoes

If you plan on visiting Kek Lok Si Temple, one of the things to consider is the pair of shoes you’re going to wear. Since the temple is uphill, it’s only natural that you’ll be walking for some quiet time, depending on the type of ride you’ll have. So it’s better if you avoid wearing heels or any kind that will make it hard for you to walk.

Do not walk

If you’re bringing little kids with you or seniors, it will be wise to avoid walking to Kek Lok Si Temple since it can be a little tiring especially when the sun is at its peak. Opt to ride a taxi or book for an Uber. They drop you close to or sometimes right at the temple.

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4. How to get there

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From Georgetown

Take bus number 203 or 204 from Komtar bus terminal which will take you approximately 30 minutes to get to Kek Lok Si Temple. It’s the last stop of the bus wherein the driver will recommend for you to get off at the end of Jalan Pasar. From there, it will only take you a short uphill walk to arrive at your desired destination.

Hail a taxi

You can always choose to hail a taxi which will drop you off right at the temple. You can book a Sunshine Radio Taxi in advance.


App cabs are quite popular in this part of the world too. Book an Uber if you’re more used to riding one.

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Kek Lok Si Temple information

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Kek Lok Si Temple

Address: Malaysia, Penang, Air Itam, 邮政编码: 11500

Official website: Kek Lok Si Temple

Department of tourism: Visit Penang

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Kek Lok Si Temple

The famous and majestic Kek Lok Si Temple, located in Penang, was completed in 1930.

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Elah Angelica Casallos, a Psychology student, aspires to explore the world in the future. Currently, she immerses herself in writing to discover and share the world around her. In addition to her...Read more

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