Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple Malaysia / Penang / Travel

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.

Brandon is a location independent entrepreneur, musician, worldschooling father, and the principal author of this blog. He's all about reaching his potential and enjoying life to the fullest in each moment.


  1. Wow. Just wow. Jaw dropping and awe-inspiring are excellent descriptions.

    And Aysia is growing so big!

  2. Jennifer Pearce Says: January 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    It was such a fun experience at the temples. So beautiful and meditative. Incredible that construction on the complex began in 1890 and it has been growing bigger ever since. I would love to see it all lit up at night sometime. :)

  3. BEAUTIFUL! so colorful and intricate. Thank you and a wish for a most HAPPY NEW YEAR.
    love you .

  4. I love the look of that temple – nice!
    We have been to the temple at Eudlo and I love it :)

    How cute is your baby – sleeping in the baby sling while Daddy is wearing it – priceless!


  5. Nice photos.

    I plan to visit there soon.

  6. Amazing…. I love all of the photos. The turtles are darling :)
    What incredible experiences you are having! We miss you!

  7. What an amazing experience. I loved all the photos and smiled when I saw your baby in the sling. How can babies sleep like that. I think they must be made of rubber.

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