You know it’s Chinese New Year when the fragrance of Mandarin tempt us ignoring its the 20th fruit we’re about to consume or the road is unusually empty and a period when the 120 feet tall bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy lits up by tens of thousands of lights offering you an ultimate experience of Chinese New Year through colours, lanterns and festive vibes!
Kek Lok Si Temple 2019
Staggered on the luscious hillside terraces known as He San or the Crane Hill as its geometrically significant overlooking Air Itam, Kek Lok Si Temple has been a visual delight with over a 127 years old history. Featuring a seven-tier Ban Po Thar pagoda, extravagant carvings, sculptures and murals ornamenting the temple halls and archways,this beautiful piece of a site with a generous contribution from the Buddhist community and donation from devotees throughout the world truly displays its beauty on the 4th of Feb till 19th of Feb 2019 from 9 am till midnight. You can’t afford to miss it this time around!
Best Time To Visit
Skip visiting the temple on the 4th of Feb if you’re claustrophobic as its usually crowded with tourist and officiated by VIP’s. The third and fourth week of the illumination is the perfect time to witness the beauty of twenty thousand Chinese lanterns strung above gardens and between buildings, multi-coloured fairy lights twinkling across every surface, and gently backlit Buddhas in every niche at your own pace.
Just before dusk is the best hour to visit this place as there’s a little time to explore during daylight hours then transcending to the transformation of a glowing wonderland! Cameras and full battery percentage is highly recommended as every nook and cranny of the site is worth every shot! While you’re at it, SKIP driving as it’s close to impossible to park your car. Catch a grab instead and save yourself from the hustle.