Destinations, Penang

Best temples in Penang

Kek Lok Si Temple

The biggest buddhist temple in Malaysia. , located in Air Itam. The meaning of Kek Lok Si is “The temple of Supreme bliss”,”Pure Land Temple” or “Temple of Paradise”.At the top of the of the hill check the bronze statue of Kuan Yin – the Goddess of Mercy.

Interesting fact – the Pagoda is build with 3 different style, bottom Chinese, center Thai and the top Burmese.

What you might be interested in – On the Chinese New Year the area is open until late (30 days onwards) and is decorated with spectacular lights and lanterns..


How to get there? 

Catch the bus 203, 204 from George Town, for example from Penang Times Square, cost – 2 MYR (around 0.66AUD). It takes around 30 minutes to get to the markets (before you head upstairs you can check it around). 

Opening hours 9-6pm daily

Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple

The oldest golden Buddhist temple in Penang. When you enter to the surrounding garden , you can feel the sacred spirit of Buddhism.  The garden was so lovely and serene that I was attached to spend a bit more time there. Walk into  the temple to see lines of of Buddha statues along with the one main golden statue. It is not allowed to wear a shoes. inside the temple.

Time for visiting: Allow yourself at least one hour to enjoy the full energy of this sacred place.

Opening hours: 5am – 6pm

Reclining Buddha Temple - Wat Chayamangkalaram

The largest Thai temple in Penang located in Burmah Road , near Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple. The complex is surrounded by colourful golden dragon statues. Go inside the temple to see Buddha lying on the couch with his peaceful smile. It symbolizes the achievement of the highest state of enlightenment –  Nirvana. 

Opening hours: 6 am – 5.30pm

Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan Temple

The oldest Hindu temple in Penang from 19th century located in Penang Hill. It is colourfully decorated with the roof full of  small statues of hindu gods. The place is not far from Kek Lok Si temple. If it is worth visit, you can consider from my photos how you like it. I personally mentioned this temple because of the location – Penang Hill where is a nice view to see the whole city. 

Opening hours 6:30am – 8.30pm

Kho Kongsi Clanhouse

An authentic Chinese temple which has a deep meaning for Chinese in Penang. Decorated in traditional gold and red colour with very detailed ornaments.

Opening hours: 9am – 5pm

entrance fee: 10RM

Currency in Penang : 

 1 MYR = 0.33 AUD                 

1 MYR = 5.29 CZK



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