10th - 14th June 2009 + Lap Eight +
The stall that Akira visits frequently is highly recommended.
The famous Chulia Street Curry Mee (near Tua Pek Kong).
One of the best curry mee FuFu ever had. Spicy chilli belacan.
The roti steamed with butter and kaya. Smooth.
Akira drove FuFu to the final destination of the Penang Trip.
Random street photography. Lovin' it.
Parked the car here and walked up to Kek Lok Si.
Kek Lok Si, or Temple of Supreme Bliss, is the largest and best prominent temple in Penang. The temple itself consists of several large halls for assembly and prayer, statues of Buddha, various Bodhisattvas as well as Chinese gods are being venerated.
The archway of the temple.
The main prayer hall of Kek Lok Si.
The Buddha statue in the main prayer hall.
An eclectic mix of Chinese, Thai and Burmese pagoda.
The temple is too big to explore.
FuFu will leave it next time as he gotta get back in the afternoon.
These Buddha statues are all different. Hint : hands.
Great shot of the day.
Another prayer hall behind the main hall.
Taking the inclined lift up.
From the main prayer hall we walked to another hall and went through the souvenir shop in order to take the "inclined lift" up to further uphill where the new prayer hall and Guan Yin statue are located. We paid the voluntary donation (for the construction fee of the temple) of RM2 to go up.
The apartment of the monks.
A very nice garden with prayer hall.
The Koi pond and Chinese pavilion.
The 30.2m bronze statue of Guan Yin is surrounded by scaffolding.
Design of the ornate shelter for the Kuan Yin statue.
An ornate shelter for Guan Yin (or Goddess of Mercy) is under construction. Four carved dragon pillars are being built, the concentric roof was inspired by classical Ming architecture, reminiscent of the roof of Prayer Hall in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China.
FuFu had been to the Temple of Heaven in 2007.
FuFu made a wish here by burning the joss sticks.
Wish it had already delivered to Guan Yin Ma.
The temple straddles a hillside overlooking the town of Ayer Itam.
And Georgetown beyond that.
Kek Lok Si. Sayonara. FuFu will be back.
Ops, FuFu smelled something nice. The nose brought him here.
The Penang laksa near Fa Lim Shell Gas Station.
Penang Laksa - had been long awaited FuFu to try it.
Fried spring rolls? FuFu couldn't relate it with laksa. Put it aside.
Let FuFu try the authetic Penang Laksa first.
The laksa soup is thick with fish meat and nice to the last drop. Erm, what can i say? Well, it's special, the sweet and sour based soup really has a bite. Firm springy rice noodle, crunchy cucumber slices and the fried spring rolls add to the amazing mixture of this simple classic dish. RM3? One more bowl please.
Penang laksa is even more scrumptious with fried spring rolls.
The thirst quencher had longan, lychee, jelly, sweet potato, etc.
Akira dropped FuFu off at the Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal.
Penang, the Pearl of the Orient, is one of the loveliest places i have been to. Its natural beauty and rich history and diversity culture have totally been attracted me from the first day i stepped on the island. Georgetown, the UNESCO World Heritage city is very much an exotic mix of the old and new, East and West. For sheer variety of locales, culture, history and food, Penang is still hard to beat.
Hopped on another bus in Ipoh back to my hometown.
Need to specially mention my Penang host Akira, he is a great online buddy i have met in this wonderful blogging platform - Blogger. Having a very diverse network of friends spanning all corners of this planet, i have never met up blogger who showed me around here in Malaysia. I am really happy to have the chance meeting up Akira and wish to meet up more bloggers if time allow me to do so.
-----------------The Highlights of FuFu Travel in Penang-----------------
Botanic Garden - flourishing with perfumed greenery.
Penang Hill - a nice place to escape the heat of tropical city.
Enjoy the funicular train up to the Penang Hill.
Trishaw ride - one very good way to see the historic city.
Khoo Kongsi - a prominent clanhouse with awe-inspiring architecture.
Kapitan Keling Mosque - a historic mosque of Tamil Muslim.
Sri Aruloli Thirumurugan - the oldest Hindu temple in Penang.
Kek Lok Si - the well known Temple of Supreme Bliss in Penang.
Wesak Parade - an important event celebrated annually in Penang.
Chowrasta Market - one of the oldest markets in Penang.
Prewar buildings along Chulia Street, Burma Road, Penang Road, etc.
Clan Jetties - the biggest Chinese waterfront settlements in Penang.
A refreshing free ferry cruise.
Gurney Drive - a great spot for the spectacular view of sunset.
Fort Cornwallis - makes it a pleasant introduction of Georgetown.
Little India - experience the sights, sounds and smells of the India.
Komtar - the famous landmark and dominating Penang's skyline.
Pinang Peranakan Mansion - splendid Baba and Nyonya culture.
Golden Sands Resort - offers a nice place to laze away the whole day.
Batu Feringgi - water activities abound + stunning sunset.
The famous Teochew Cendul at Penang Road.
Penang Hokkien Mee (or more likely the prawn noodle).
The famous Chulia Street Curry Mee.
Penang laksa - the best known of all.
Presgrave Street - be a true Penangite for quality local food.
Penang has it all.
What ordinary to us, is extraordinary to the world.
Where ancient nostalgic unfold in splendour.
Where faith meet in peace and harmony.
Where the soul of the past breathes in the present.
Where nature embraces with adventure and excitement.
Where paradise beckon to relax and unwind.
Where festival collide from across the world.
Penang really has it all.
The truly Asia, Malaysia.
If you have missed out any lap, no worry, here all they are.
- Lap One : Botanic Garden & Penang Hill
- Lap Two : The Ancient Georgetwon
- Lap Three : Penang Road & Weld Quay Jetty
- Lap Four : Cruise & Gurney Drive Sunset
- Lap Five : Colonial Heritage Walk
- Lap Six : Pinang Peranakan Museum
- Lap Seven : Golden Sands Beach - Batu Feringgi
- Lap Eight : Kek Lok Si & Highlights of Penang