Art Works at Kek Lok See

high-definition creative commons photographs from one of the most famous landmark temples in Penang, Malaysia, which has artifacts in a mixture of styles dating back to its foundation in the 19th century, together with some further information.

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Kek Lok Si TempleThe Kek Lok See Temple (Temple of Supreme Bliss) is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam in Penang and is one of the best known temples on the island. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. Mahayana Buddhism and traditional Chinese rituals blend into a harmonious whole, both in the temple architecture and artwork as well as in the daily activities of worshippers.

The construction of the temple began in 1890 and was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street. With the support of the consular representative of China in Penang, the project received the sanction of the Emperor Guangxu, who bestowed a tablet and gift of 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras.

In 1930, the seven storey main pagoda of the temple or the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas, was completed. This pagoda combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design, and a Burmese crown, reflecting the temple's embrace of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.

Text adapted from Wikipedia (retrieved, July 5th 2009)

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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