Kek Lok Si Temple sits on the foothills above the town of Air Itam (black water in Malay).
Typical of religious places of worship in Malaysia, they derive their funding based solely on donations.
Unlike mosques which seem to sprout all over, there are no funds from the government.
So this temple is pretty much how I remember it.
The climb to the top of the temple is not terribly strenous but does require some exertion.
As a kid, I always looked forward to the little shops that line the steps leading up to the temple. Those shops sold all manner of souvenirs and other tourist wares.
Hopefully this was just a day when it was slow and not typical.
I feel for these merchants who have to make a living.
New to this tourist attraction is a Goddess of Mercy statue.
Visitors who don’t want to climb a flight of stairs up to see this statue can pay 3 ringgit to take the inclined elevator up.
The cost may be steep for the tightwad but truly all the proceeds go towards the temple’s construction fund.