I was going to throw together a long video of everything we’ve done in the past few weeks, but I decided to split it into a few different posts so I can get them up a little faster and so I can share more pictures without boring you. :)
One of my favorite activities we did in Penang this month was visiting the Kek Lok Si Temple, or the “Temple of Supreme Bliss.” It’s the largest Buddhist temple complex in Southeast Asia and I consider it a must see for anyone visiting Penang. Both the beautiful buildings themselves and also the hillside setting contributed to an awe-inspiring experience for all of us.
We spent several hours there walking through the different temples, dropping our jaws at the intricate wood and stone work, and feeling the serenity that accompanied the high ceiling murals and impressive statues. The largest statue was outdoors and can be reached by taking an inclined glass elevator to the top of a hill where stood the giant 30 meter (100 ft) statue of Kuan Yin, or the Goddess of Mercy. They also have lovely koi and turtle ponds which were a hit with the kids, especially when they got to feed them.
If you donate 30 MYR (about 10 USD), they write your name on a roof tile which they’ll use in the construction of future buildings, schools, and more. We decided it was a nice way to leave our mark.
Earlier that day, we also took a tram (inclined elevator) to the top of Penang Hill for impressive views over the entire island. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day and we couldn’t see the mainland clearly, but the weather was nice and cool compared to the hot and humid climate at sea level. There was a beautiful Hindu temple at the top as well as a playground the kids enjoyed for a while. I hope you enjoy this video I put together about our experience in these places.