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Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple

Free admission
1000-L, Tingkat Lembah Ria 1, Penang

The Basics

A religious landmark, Kek Lok Si Temple is a staple of Penang Island sightseeing tours. Travelers on a time budget can combine the temple with a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Georgetown and Fort Cornwallis, or gain in-depth insight into Penang’s religious heritage on a tour that focuses solely on temples. Due to its close proximity to Penang Hill, Kek Lok Si Temple is most often combined with a visit to the hill, which is accessible by funicular or on foot.

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Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple
Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple
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$67.12 per adult
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Our Guide was excellent apologies...
Our Guide was excellent apologies cannot remember his name we were a party of 4. The views from Penang Hill where spectacular. The temple was a must. Would recommend for anyone with limited time in Penang.
Adrian W, Jan 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Penang

star-4
Tour guide/driver is friendly and flexible.
Agathatung, Feb 2020
Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si
It was pleasant as we‘re just 2 in the tour. Guide/driver took us to extra places we prefer to in addition to tour itineraries.
star-5
Perfect day
andreasfrebel, Jan 2020
Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si
Beatiful and interesting day with a superb driver, who was competent and had a good Knowledge about Pensng and topics all over the World. Great. Also the organisation of the tour was excellent.
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We enjoyed this tour of this...
lsutton, Mar 2017
Half-Day Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple Private Tour
We enjoyed this tour of this wonderful location , the guide was very knowledgeable and shared in our values for a better world. The temples of this inspiring place,can truly show the Worlds Beings how we should treat each other on a daily basis is the only important factor in this Life we are Given.... Thank you Wade ...Christian Canadian
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Our guide met us at the port and in...
Richard H, Mar 2017
Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple
Our guide met us at the port and in an air conditioned car with a driver we toured Penang. We rode the Penang Hill Funicular Railway and enjoyed spectacular views of the mainland. The Kek Lok Temple is quite interesting and you need to know that there are a lot of steps to get to the top. A very enjoyable tour.
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A very enjoyable and informative way...
Graeme W, Jan 2017
Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple
A very enjoyable and informative way to spend a morning.Our guide really knew his subject and and had a nice easy way of putting it across. We went to the hill first as ,I suspect, it gets very busy later on. The temple was amazing and was easy to move around in. Learned a lot about the various religions on the island and their customs. Would highly recommend this tour.
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I was in Penang for work and I had...
Tracey H, Sep 2015
Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple
I was in Penang for work and I had only a day to see the sights. The tour was exactly what I needed to get a flavor of the area. The guide was very accommodating and helpful.
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Great way to get out of Georgetown
Jeff O, Aug 2019
Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si
This was a good way to get outside of the Georgetown city center and see some of the other sights around the city. Our guide "Gshen" was great and gave us a lot of information about the sights & the city. The top of Penang Hill is a bit of a "tourist trap" with vendors selling trinkets, photos with animals, etc. but if you ignore those vendors, it's still worth it for the views and having the Fast Lane access is worth it to skip the line for the tram up & down. Both the temples we stopped at were very interesting.
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The local tour company in Penang...
Jenny, Dec 2016
Penang Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple
The local tour company in Penang brought forward the start time to 8.00am for this tour. They emailed us and contacted our hotel to be sure we got the message. Glad they did as it gets very busy at Penang Hill by mid morning. Driver was on time at the hotel and for pick-up at the base of Penang Hill after we has finished our self tour of the top. Temple was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and patient, allowing us to stop at whatever particularly interested us and gave us heaps of time to see what we wanted to see.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Kek Lok Si Temple is a must-see for first-time visitors to Penang.

  • Admission to the temple is free, but there is a small cost to access the pagoda.

  • Don’t miss the 100-foot-high (30-meter-high) bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.

  • With 1,000 steps, the temple is not wheelchair-accessible.

  • Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes if you plan to explore the temple gardens.

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How to Get There

To reach Kek Lok Si Temple from Georgetown, take bus 203 from the station near the Clan Jetties to the bottom of Air Itam (45–60 minutes), the hill upon which Kek Lok Si stands, then walk 15 minutes uphill. For convenience, most travelers visit the temple as part of a guided tour that includes air-conditioned round-trip transport.

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When to Get There

Kek Lok Si Temple is open from 7am to 5:30pm daily. If you want to beat the crowds, which reach their peak from midmorning to early afternoon, try to visit as early as possible. During the Lunar New Year, the temple is open later in the evening and is resplendent with thousands of illuminated lanterns.

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The Diverse Temples of Penang Island

Just a short drive from Kek Lok Si Temple, you can find temples that reflect the diversity of Penang’s religious heritage. One of the island’s most impressive examples of religious architecture is the Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, a vision of gilded Buddha icons. Directly opposite stands the equally beautiful Wat Chayamangkalaram, a Thai temple decorated with statues of mythical creatures.

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