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Kek Lok Si Temple 2

There used to be a turtle pond, housing perhaps hundreds of turtles, which has been closed as of February 2017. Facing the sea with an expansive view, this is one of the largest Buddhist temples in SE Asia and therefore, one of the most visited spots of Penang. This entire complex of temples was built over a period from 1890 to 1930, the result of an endeavour of the abbot Beow Lean, who had also served in Fujian, China. 

Kek Lok Si Temple 2

There used to be a turtle pond, housing perhaps hundreds of turtles, which has been closed as of February 2017. Facing the sea with an expansive view, this is one of the largest Buddhist temples in SE Asia and therefore, one of the most visited spots of Penang. This entire complex of temples was built over a period from 1890 to 1930, the result of an endeavour of the abbot Beow Lean, who had also served in Fujian, China. 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 10 Sep 2017, 00:08
Love the detail of the roof, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: They are some kind of protectors and they are present, looking outwards, at all four corners, Ray.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 10 Sep 2017, 07:33
I can see a man riding on a chicken
Ayush Basu: I would assume he is meant to be a watcher or guardian of sorts, but he does look comical mounting a chicken, Chris.
The chicken boat is the best!
Ayush Basu: It does look like a fun vessel, Mary.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Sep 2017, 16:25
Jolis détails !
Ayush Basu: Merci, Martine.
Great detail. I too love the man in the chicken boat!
Ayush Basu: He is rather eye catching in the boat, Bill. They are meant to be keeping an eye out for approaching evil and wickedness.
Poised as if on a ski slope Ayush...
Ayush Basu: Chilling out perhaps, Larry?
The detail on the top is wonderful!
Ayush Basu: They are some kind of protectors and they are present, looking outwards, at all four corners, Elizabeth.
Something to stare at, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: As Astrid pointed out about the lights, they are used only one month in an entire year for night time illumination and then one's jaw could hit the floor, Ginnie. Thank you.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Sep 2017, 07:40
Great details here and I love the man in the chicken-boat. I bet the 'Christmas lights' look great at night when they are lit up...
Ayush Basu: These details can truly elevate a mediocre structure to a gem of cultural and architectural value, Astrid. And I am glad you looked at the lights; they are used only one month in an entire year for night time illumination, sadly I could not be there at that point of time.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 11 Sep 2017, 08:51
are you having a temple tour?? too bad about the turtles, i mean what happens when your home gets shut down?
Ayush Basu: Penang just had so many temples scattered around and I found them all fascinating, even if not for the religious appeal to me personally, Elaine. I did not see any other sizable pond, so my hopes for a successful relocation for the terrapins is low sad
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Sep 2017, 12:58
A man on a chicken, pulled by 4 dragons. Must be a heavy chicken.
Ayush Basu: Hmm, I would say they are all different; the first is a lion and the fourth appears to be a serpent or fish, Louis. But yes, that chicken is rather heavy and not unlike the broiler chicken found in supermarket counters! grin
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 11 Sep 2017, 15:03
So much history! And i am always amazed by the details of these older sculptures
Ayush Basu: They are some kind of protectors and they are present, looking outwards, at all four corners, Emily. Thank you for stopping by.
So what happened to all the terrapins?

There's a special name for these animal roof tiles in Chinese.

We call them 仙人走兽 (xianren zoushou). Literally, an Immortal and his walking beasts.
Ayush Basu: I hope they did not end up at the Air Hitam Pasar, LC! Well I do not know....
Aren't they some kind of protectors and they are present, looking outwards, at all four corners, of most temples?

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