Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Penang Durian Trip Day 2

Day 2 (June 27) in Penang started with us going for local delicacies for breakfast, then a visit to Snake Temple... It's about 5km away from our house but I haven't been there for over 10 years.. LOL..

We couldn't find many snakes, mostly the same type which look like the one in this picture.. They have bigger ones like Python for photo-taking...

It was recently renovated.. a temple right in the middle of an industrial area...

We then went over to Durian Cap Kaki in Balik Pulau for.. MORE DURIANS! You will get loads of durians here including the varieties of Lipan and D14..

D14 is the winner in 2008... D14 has small seeds but lots of flesh, which can be quite filling too.. Lipan is slightly more expensive but tastes much better too!

Then, we went over to Kek Lok Si Temple.. we missed the turning and went all the way up to the dam...

The temple has been revamped but my last visit was a decade ago... LOL..

The construction of the temple began in 1890 and was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street. In 2002, a 30.2 m bronze statue of the Kuan Yin was completed and opened to public. It replaced the previous white plaster Kuan Yin statue which was damaged due to a fire a few years earlier.

My mom taking picture with her Chinese Animal sign...

The temple is still growing. Generous donations from the affluent Chinese community allow the construction of additional buildings. The current focus is to create an ornate shelter for the Kuan Yin statue. 16 carved dragon pillars are being built, the concentric roof will be inspired by classical Ming architecture, reminiscent of the roof of Prayer Hall for Good Harvest in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.

After that, we went over to Air Itam for Laksa and Tomato Rice before returning to KL :)

1 comment:

Xjion89 said...

long time din go Penang~~~
muz go see see Kek Lok Si Temple^^