Friday, February 22, 2008

Eventful 3days : 15th of February (Part 1)

Continue from previous post, our event for the 2nd day was a trip to Kek Lok Si., which is located nearby our place. Every year, during Chinese New Year period, the temple will be decorated with lots of lightings, and when the night time comes, it changes to a gorgeous and beautiful scene.
A brief introduction about the history of Kek Lok Si:

"The construction of the temple began in 1893 and was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess of Mercy in Pitt Street. With the support of the consular representative of China in Penang, the project received the sanction of the Manchu Emperor GuangXu, who bestowed a tablet and gift of 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras.

The primary benefector of the the Kek Lok Si Temple in 1906 was none other than Kapitan Chung Keng Quee.

In 1930, the seven storey main pagoda of the temple or the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, was completed. This pagoda combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design, and a Burmese crown; reflecting the temple's embrace of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.

In 2002, a 30.2m bronze statue of the Guan Yin was completed and opened to public. The statue is located on the hillside above the pagoda."

On that day, we leave home to Kek Lok Si at around 6pm. We decided to go there earlier because there will be a huge crowd during night time, and it will not be easy for us to find a car park. We reached there later than an expected 10 minutes. No traffic jam actually, just that someone missed the junction to Kek Lok Si, and went to Air Itam Dam instead. Keke...

We reached the hilltop of the Kek Lok Si at around 6.30pm, and the first view that attracted us was the still-under-construction Guan Yin Temple. The bronze Guan Yin statue was completed in year 2002, and now, the undergoing construction is to build a huge temple that fits the Guan Yin statue. The proposed temple will be around 60 feet tall, and will be surrounded by a thousand of smaller Guan Yin bronze statue. The project is estimated around RM40 million.

Far view of the Guan Yin Temple.

The front door of the temple.

The front side of the temple.

A closer view to the Guan Yin Statue.

Wishing tree - here you can write down your wishes and tie to the tree.

The 2 guardians for Guan Yin.

The pillar of the huge temple. No less than 60 feet high. And the carvings are so nice!

The cable car station.

There are a few stalls that were selling some merchandise for temple donation purpose. And we saw this 2 lovely micey couple. Ain't they cute? hehe...

Cutie mice.. Hehe..

Stay tuned for part 2, more photos to come! Keke...