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Kek Lok Si Temple

kayes



Registered: July 2008
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Have you any stories/experiences to share with us regarding the scene depicted by the pic above? Share them with us by using the "comments" box below.
· Date: July 14, 2008 · Views: 21579 ·
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Daviduk

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 2
August 7, 2008 11:16pm

We were on one of the first trips in the new lift taking us up to the highest level. What a view!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
October 31, 2008 1:55pm

This statue must be right at the top. We were here so many years ago that I forget where things are. I remember the breath taking view though. The sun was hot and bright and we sat under a pergola to look at fish and people.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
November 1, 2008 12:16am

hello Blue Grass, I see you have discovered one of the many romantic places in the Pearl of the Orient. The "upper deck" of the Kek Lok Si Temple complex is a nice place to be in the evenings. It provides a spectacular view of George Town accompanied by a constant breeze. Sitting at the pergola just holding hands is also a nice thing to do. Did you take any photos?
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
November 2, 2008 11:37am

Hi Kayes. I have been wondering about the decapitated thumbnail pic of the statue. [It is Kwan Yin isn't?] Did you purposely crop it this way? Another thing, do you remember if water actually pours come out of her vase?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
November 2, 2008 1:16pm

The thumbnails are automatically generated by the software. I opted for all my thumbnails to be of the same dimension for the sake of consistency. If I opt for thumbnails to be of different sizes then this won't happen. Despite the setback I prefer all my thumbnails to be exactly the same size. The statue is of Kuan Yin. I have not noticed water coming out of the vase but that place is so romantic I hardly notice things like that.
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
Posts: 152
December 3, 2008 2:11pm

Wow, this is the closest I've seen of the Goddess of Mercy statue! Thanks, Kayes.


I have always wanted to make my way up to the very top of the Kek Lok Si Temple and take in the surrounding views. However, the last time I visited there in 2000, the heat and oppressive humidity were simply too much for my then-young sons. Will definitely check out the top deck next trip back.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
December 3, 2008 2:25pm

Phoebe, the beautiful Kek Lok Si Temple is one of my favourite places in Penang. Each time I buy a new camera or new lens, I dash up there to take a few pics and see whether my investment was worthwhile. A good time to be there is about 10.30 am when the sun would have lit up the main pagoda and also the giant Kuan Yin statue. On the first day of Chinese New Year I am always up there by 6 am to take a "night shot" of the temple. For 15 days during the Chinese New Year period, they switch on all the lights from 7 pm to 7 am. It is a beautiful sight and can be seen from all over Air Itam.
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
Posts: 152
December 3, 2008 2:55pm

Oh, thanks very much for the tip about the dusk-to-dawn lighting up until Chap Goh Meh. Just mentally pencilling in my CNY 2010 diary dates for my Penang week. Smile


I meant to mention this a long time back on Ipoh Talk. I really admire the obvious passion, patience and genuine dedication you have displayed in your photography works. Getting up so early in the morning in Penang to reach Ipoh still early enough to take pics of every street and building you fancy with hardly any human or vehicles in sight. It is this absence of human/vehicular distractions that makes your photography works stand out from others' mostly pedestrian efforts. Keep up the brilliant work. Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
December 3, 2008 3:07pm

Phoebe, thank you for your kind words. I am glad people like you who enjoy my photos make my efforts worthwhile. If you take away my camera I can't imagine what I will do with all this "retirement time".
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
Posts: 152
December 3, 2008 3:23pm

'tis a real pleasure to pay compliments where they are due. Smile


Not quite near my retirement years yet but I do have plans to take 6 months to a year off to travel around this vast Australian continent with my laptop and camera. It's been a dream of mine for the past 20-odd years.


Having said that, if you take away my cryptic crossword books, I'd literally shut down.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
December 4, 2008 7:13am

Hi Phoebe
I am glad you have voiced what we all feel but did not write down.It is no small feat to dash down to Ipoh to 'catch the light' for the pic sessions. Wouldn't you agree Phoebe that it is a mental as well as a physical challenge? Thanks Kayes for your beautiful pics. You have such a 'good eye'. We always look forward to seeing your photos in IT,PT and TT. On behalf of all who reads your sites, ' Good job and well done'.
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
Posts: 152
December 4, 2008 2:04pm

Hey, Blue Grass. Nice to see you here again. Have missed you on Ipoh Talk. Smile


Yes, indeed. Kayes' commendable efforts in putting together all his IT, PT and TT photo galleries are a testament to his admirable self-discipline and mental rigour.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 92
December 8, 2008 3:28am

Hi Phoebe
As I told you in the other thread, it is work, work and more work that keeps me away. Like you I enjoy IT, PT and TT very much. A big part of Kayes' success are his photos but I do think it is also largely due to us. Posts from you, Ken, Joe and others make such interesting reading. We really missed you while you were away. Glad you are back.
Regards
Blue Grass
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
Posts: 152
December 8, 2008 6:17am

Blue Grass, thanks for your kind words and sentiments.


I've really enjoyed Kayes' excellent photo galleries not only on this new Penang Talk forum but also on the current as well as the old Ipoh Talk forums. To me, visiting them at day's end has always felt like stopping by for a recharge at my cyber oasis. Smile



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