Drive to the Georgetown station where you board the Penang Hill Railway, a funicular train that takes approximately 20 minutes to climb Penang Hill, Malaysia's oldest hill station. During the ride, look for monkeys and other creatures that live in the lush forest. At the summit, situated 2,695 feet (821 meters) above Georgetown, enjoy the cooler air and panoramic views of the lush mountains and city below.
Then hop back in your vehicle to visit Kek Lok Si. Also known as the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Kek Lok Si is considered one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Built in 1890 by a Chinese Buddhist immigrant, Kek Lok Si remains an important cornerstone of the Malay-Chinese community. Carved into the slope of Air Itam, close to Penang Hill, the temple features a seven-tiered pagoda with a combination of Chinese, Thai and Burmese craftsmanship and architectural features.
Your guide shows you around the vast temple complex, pointing out important features including a bronze statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, that stands 99 feet (30 meters) tall. Stop at the Pond of Longevity, where hundreds of tortoises live after being set free by devotees; your guide explains how tortoises represent longevity, endurance and strength in Chinese culture.
At the end of a fascinating 4-hour tour, your guide returns you to your hotel.
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Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple
- Professional guide
- Entrance fees
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
- Ride on a funicular tram
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Carol B, October 2016
Our tour guide Lawrence was excellent.His knowledge was brilliant before we even got to the temple and Penang Hill. We had commentary all the way from our pick up to the end of the tour. He was friendly and informative and the trip was excellent.
Reviewed by: eam1963, September 2016
Our guide was Philip and was wonderful,picked up on time and adjusted our tour as there was only two of us. we visited Penang Hill first The train ride was fantastic and the view to die for, a very clear day. We even had time for High Tea, and a whole heap of photos were taken by Philip for us. He then took us to the temple and was so informative. There was nothing that he wouldn't do for us. An amazing tour and afternoon. kevin and Liz McHugh