The well known Kek Lok Si Temple situated in Penang island is one of the largest temples in Southeast Asia with the highlight of a huge Guan Yin(the Goddess of Mercy) Statue. This temple attract thousands of tourists every year and is open daily from 7am to 5.30pm. It was built since the year 1891 as a center for Chinese culture and Buddha teaching. There is a lot to explore around the temple and you will find the interesting marketplace with stalls selling souvenirs and local products as you make your way through the entrance of the temple.
The grounds of the temple are huge and serene with beautifully-landscaped gardens, pagodas, several prayer halls, fish and turtle pond (turtles symbolize longevity, strength and endurance), many images of Buddha and hundreds of beautiful meaningful carvings and sculptures. The peak of this temple also provide the amazing view of George Town, the capital city of Penang. Visitors could easily spent 2 hours exploring this beautiful temple and I would highly recommend this place to anyone and not to miss out the delicious local food at Georgetown! (Year 2010)