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Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple

star-4.5
105 Reviews
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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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.
star-5
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.

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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