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Kek Lok Si Temple, Air Itam

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Visit Kek Lok Si Temple, the largest Buddhist complex in Malaysia. Established at its hilltop location in 1891, the temple harmoniously combines architectural influences from across the region. Its main feature remains the impressive seven-story pagoda and its 10,000 alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha. The ample grounds include separate areas of relaxation and contemplation, with pools, ponds, and well-maintained, peaceful gardens. A venerated place of worship, the temple attracts pilgrims from across Southeast Asia and beyond. Using our online itinerary creator, Air Itam attractions like Kek Lok Si Temple can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It looks okay from a distance, but once you're there, it goes downhill. The lower level is pleasant enough to walk around, then when you try to get further up, the only obvious route is the funicular....  more
    It looks okay from a distance, but once you're there, it goes downhill. The lower level is pleasant enough to walk around, then when you try to get further up, the only obvious route is the funicular....  more »
  • Love this amazing grand monastery. The view from the pagoda and goddess of mercy were impressive. Love this return visit. 
    Love this amazing grand monastery. The view from the pagoda and goddess of mercy were impressive. Love this return visit.  more »
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  • Great and really beautiful temple. All entrance is free. You only need to pay for parking and if you want to use the cable cars. But everything is also walkable and there is a bus station close. The view to the city is also worth the little hike. The big statue is really big and tall. Which makes it hard to see it fully close as the platform is to small in ratio to the height of the statue. To see all plan around 2 hours. Down besides the first car park is a turtle pond.
  • Kek Lok Si is a nice and impressive temple that is definitely worth a visit. The temple consists of several layers and is very easy to reach with small elevators (paid). There are men who drive back and forth with electric vans. In the high season I wonder if it is worth visiting the temple, we were there outside the main season and it was already a long wait for the elevators. Once at the top you have a beautiful view of the city and there are ponds with dozens (perhaps hundreds) of turtles to see.

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