Matsimitsu

Day Fifty Four

Kek Lok Si Temple, George Town, Malaysia


The Hong Kong breakfast place was closed today, so I moved one shop over and got this delicious toast and curry.

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Toast and curry

Kek Lok Si Temple

The plan was to visit a nearby temple in the surrounding mountains. Having just missed the bus and another one would take a while, I took a grab taxi to the entrance.

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The temple owners have started a renovation of the old entrance, which means that the shopping alley to the entrance now ends in a dead-end, reducing foot-traffic to almost zero.

It's hard for the few remaining shops to make a living from their former prime location.

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Entrance to the temple is free, but I'd recommend paying for the little cable-cars up the mountain, especially when the sun is out.

Half-way up, after the first cable-car you get a "free" lift in a buggy to the second cable-car, neat!

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This is one of the largest temple complexes in south-east Asia. With over 12.1 hectares of space and a 30-metere bronze statue of Guanyin, the Godess of Mercy, there's plenty to see.

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There weren't a ton of visitors today, there was a nice atmosphere of calmness and praying.

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The architecture of the pagoda is pretty neat, the bottom third is Chinese, the middle Thai, and the top Burmese.

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Time to climb to the top!

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Any time is nap time.

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The second cable-car is slightly longer and takes you to the 30-metre statue, covered by a 60-metere pavillion.

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Penang Hill

After making my way down, I was too cheap to get another Grab taxi, so I walked 2.5 kilometers in the mid-day sun to the Penang Hill cable car.

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At the top there are plenty of food and drink stalls, and after a delicious fruit shake I was ready to explore the mountain.

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The "trails" here are mostly paved, and I recommend taking the "By Paths" instead of the main road. Where the main road is packed with visitors and buggy's, the bypaths are empty.

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The green foilage is dotted with amazing views of the city below and the main land across the water.

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After enjoying the view just a little more, it's time to head down and take the bus back to the city, which takes about an hour.

After enjoying the view just a little more, it's time to head down and take the bus back to the city, which takes about an hour.

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After yesterday's Cendol, it's time for another weirdly coloured dessert named Ais kacang

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kacang

It means "bean ice", and the ingredients are beans, ice, syrop, corn, mango and jelly beans. This is even more delicious than Cendol!