Tag Archives: Penang

Kek Lok Si temple

Kek Lok Si Temple sits on the foothills above the town of Air Itam (black water in Malay).

I shouldn’t have expected dramatic changes to this Penang landmark.

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.
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Rapid Penang bus service

This post was originally published late last year but I’m republishing it because my earlier blog crashed.

It’s been slightly over a year since Rapid Penang bus service made it’s debut–July 31st 2007.

During its first 3 days of service, passengers rode for free.

That was serendipitous for me. I was home in Penang for a visit.
Since I wanted to visit the Kek Lok Si Temple at the end of Paya Terubong town, and I didn’t know the street so well anymore, we gave the bus a try.

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A year after visiting Malaysia

Hard to believe a year has passed since my visit. We visited during the 50th anniversary of Malaysia’s independence from the British.

Despite all the brouhaha then, our visit was low-key. The last time I visited was around 11 years ago. Penang, my birthplace, is so different from what I remember.

Due to the traffic congestion, many of the streets have been made one-way.

We stopped in on the usual tourist hotspots like Penang’s Snake Temple. For different reasons my wife and kids found this to be hair-raising, terrifying yet memorable. Watch my short video clip then tell me if my wife’s terror was justified.

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