Friday, June 02, 2006

Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si Temple, Air ItamThe temple, built in 1890, took 20 years to complete. Reputed to be the largest and most beautiful Buddhist temple complex in South-east Asia, it features gardens, a giant turtle pool, shrines and beautiful sculptures. The seven-tier pagoda is a shrine dedicated to Boddhisattva Tsi Tsuang Wang, one of the enlightened who declined to enter Nirvana so that he could help bring others to salvation.

Best time to visit - Lights were fully lighted for 15th days during Chinese Lunar New Year normally would fall either on January or February.

Note : Chinese New Year is a time for family reunion dinners, visiting relatives and friends and exchanging "ang pows"(red packets containing money) as the Chinese community greets the beginning of the New Year. The festival is celebrated for 15 days and ends on Chap Goh Meh (15th night of the first lunar moon)


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