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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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We had been to Kek Lok Si previously on a private tour but felt that we need to take more time to explore what is a huge Temple complex. We used the "Hop on, Hop off" bus as our... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
John P
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 3 days ago NEW

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 4 days ago NEW

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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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had been to Kek Lok Si previously on a private tour but felt that we need to take more time to explore what is a huge Temple complex. We used the "Hop on, Hop off" bus as our mode of transport (see my review on that adventure). When we arrived there was no clear signage to show us how... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Awesome architecture. You will love it if you are historical lover. It is very beautiful if you visit it during chinese new year. A lots of beautiful lanterns are hang. And the Guan yin Statue will be shining under lighting. You can see the Guan Yin from far. Please go there slightly early, around 5pm, to avoid traffic jam. You... More 

Thank Feynman L
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this temple after many decades. This is one of the largest and finest temple complexes in South East Asia. The tortoise pond is not there anymore and there are now lovely gardens which are well tended. There is now a charge of RM2 per person for entry to the 7 storey pagoda. Panoramic views of the city and the... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited a few times when i was small years ago, with my family. Personally I did not find it interesting at all. Lots of peddlers hawking similar types of souvenir crafts along steps leading upwards. Adds a very commercial flavor to the whole touristy environment.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Located on a hillside I walked up all the chinese style buddhist large temple's area: Praying Halls, Pagodas, gardens: Very colourful. But a lot of souvenir shops inside the temple! They are everywhere. Really annoying! When you have successfully past the last of them you are asked to take a small train up to the last point for small money:... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time when we visit Penang, we will definitely come here. There are so much to explore and discover every visit.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decent grounds with an interesting blend of Burmese, Chinese, and Malaysian architecture. The new turtle/tortoise pond was being constructed when we visited. Hopefully it will be much larger than the current one! It was also nice to see so many lanterns around due to the upcoming Asian new year.

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