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Address: Air Itam, Penang Island 11500, Malaysia
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Private Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple
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Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour

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We visited Kek Lok Si for a couple of hours in January. It's very impressive and nice to look around. There is a short lift ride that costs a couple of ringgit and takes you to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Kek Lok Si for a couple of hours in January. It's very impressive and nice to look around. There is a short lift ride that costs a couple of ringgit and takes you to the top where the Goddess of Mercy statue is. We got the Hop On Hop Off bus there. When you get off the bus... More 

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is amazing to visit to a striking seven storey Pagoda of Rama VI (Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas) with 10,000 alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha, and the views above are mesmerizing. Architecture, wonderfully is the combination of Chinese tower as the base, Thai temple at the middle and uppermost is the Myanmar (Burmese) stupa atop. Above the hilltop... More 

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Suffolk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited by city tour & it is well worth the hot climb but spoilt by all the commercialism on every floor.I know they have to make money for upkeep & the new tower they want to build but it is rather a lot. Very pretty gardens & view is fantastic. Lift broke whilst we were at the top & after... More 

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Brighton
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Definitely agree with previous reviewers about the extensive comercialism on this site. I am also probably spoilt having seen wonderful Buddhist temples in Bhutan, Laos and Thailand which were much older and had a special 'feel' which this did not for me. However, the scale of the vision is exciting and the view was great and I certainly wish I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This one is not to be missed while you are in Malaysia! This temple is stunning and probably one of my favourite experiences from my recent trip. I visited it while it was Chinese New Year so they had extra decorations also set up - so pretty! It's a climb to the top but so worth it, and not too... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It is the most majestic place that I've visited in Penang. It is full of culture and view from the top of the monastry is breath taking. I heard that they will be having a Lunar New Year fireworks display and the whole place will be lighted up with beautiful LED lanterns. Sadly, I learnt that the biggest idol known... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful temples with lovely architect. Unfortunately building onto main Buddha. Was still stunning to look up and see.

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jakarta
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To many shops inside the temple ruin the sacredness of temple ambiance. Free entrance to temple. however there is RM 6 fee for elevators ride to the top of the temple. There is no good sign of temple gate. only narrow aisle with shops along the way to temple. We even know this entrance from Grab driver that we ride.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not miss this Temple. It is breathtaking. The climb up is a bit of a maze going through vender stalls, but it makes it all worth it once you come out of the stairway. Plan to spend a few hours here. It's best to go just before sunset so you can take in the breathtaking scenery and then enjoy... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, been twice to bring my friend along. It has changed within a year and becoming more like a museum(that 'sell') than a traditional temple. No offence for religious people out there but I went to donate too to the temple, but judging at the way they handle there is just a like business to me now. **Pay 6 RM... More 

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