As one of the MUST visit sites in Penang, here is what you can expect when you visit Kek Lok Si temple. As one of the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia, I was pleasantly surprised that there wasn’t an entrance fee. However, you have to pay a small fee if you’d like to visit the pagoda or Kwan Yin statue but otherwise the temple premise is free!
One tip would be to arrive early in the morning to avoid the crowd especially during peak seasons like festive periods or school holidays. The doors open at 8.30am on the dot and then you’re free to roam!
This is an incredibly beautiful and Instagram-worthy spot which you will not miss if you were to just follow the route and explore the temple ground.
Situated on top of a hill, you get an amazing view of the city and also a backyard view of greenery.
An up close view of the beautiful pagoda.
This is also another beautiful area which requires a little bit more walking but trust me it is worth it!
The temple itself is incredibly gorgeous and you’ll surely be able to find a corner, an arch or a walkway for a photo opt. To avoid having any unwanted faces in your photo, it is advisable to arrive way ahead of the crowd in the early mornings.
Last but not least, do not miss out on this bronze Kuan Yin statue which is incredibly gorgeous and requires a short tram ride uphill.