KEK LOK SI PAGODA - MALAYSIA
The Kok Lok Si is the largest pagoda in Penang (Malaysia) and has to be the most spectacular. Founded by Venerable Beow Lean, it is built on the hill he called Huock San - Crane Hill. The first phase of building was between 1891 and 1905 and included monasteries, prayer halls and landscaped gardens. The temple is dominated by the seven-tier Ban Po Thar pagoda (Ten Thousand Buddhas Pagoda) which rises some 30 metres . The pagoda is a blend of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architecture combine to make an explosion of colour. Layered onto the hillside, every staircase seemed to lead to a more colourful and detailed shrine, each one containing numerous mystical figures and statues. It all leads up to the central sanctuary, which was really an awesome sight.