Penang, Malaysia; Morning walk in the Chowrasta Day Market (1)

Hi there!! Welcome back. This series is about my morning walk in the day market in Penang Island on one of the weekends when I was back there.

Walking along Penang Road, I wanted to see the day market that I have heard a lot about, which is the Chowrasta day market; along Chowrasta Road next to the Chowrasta Market building.

This is the beginning of Campbell Street which  is a street within the buffer zone of the George Town Unesco World Heritage Site. It runs from Penang Road to the junction of Buckingham Street and Carnarvon Street.

  

The street was named after the Penang Inspector General (1866-1891) Sir George William Robert Campbell, who was also the acting Lieutenant-Governor of Penang between 1872 and 1873. It used to run from Pitt Street, which was much older. The locals called it Sin Kay, meaning “new street” but I will not be covering here in this series.

Stalls along Penang Road.

This is the Chowrasta Road where you can see vendors setting up their stalls on both sides of the road. Usually in the morning, the road is closed to traffic; maybe except for motorbikes slowly zooming in and out.

Lots of activities and daily requirement needed can be found here.

mmm… anything that interest you here? thermoflash or tiffin carrier?

At the T-junction of Chowrasta Road is Kuala Kangsar Road (not the Kuala Kangsar in Ipoh state).  On this street you can find lots of old coffee shops where you can grab your breakfast and hot coffee while you enjoy watching the hive of activities across the street.

Look at the space in between. It looks packed right? well it is if there are lots of people.

 

 

 

Hope you are enjoying this ‘e-trip’. Another post on this series before I go on to my new series. So, do follow me on my series in this blog. Tata!!

Malaysia – Penang; Visit to Kek Lok Si Temple (1)

Hi there!! Welcome back to my blog.

Today’s posting will be a place in Penang, Malaysia; Kek Lok Si Temple. I went there with my kids a few months back and now, I have finally got my share it with my readers about this place and it’s beauty.

A bit of history about this place before I continue. It  is one of the best known Buddhist temples on the Penang island (and also in South East Asia) and situated in Air Itam. Translated from Penang Hokkien, it means “Temple of Supreme Bliss” or “Temple of Sukhavati”. It was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street, Penang and construction began in 1890.

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

The other attraction is the bronze statue of the Kuan Yin which stands 30.2m, was completed in 2002 and open to the public.  This replaced the previous white plaster Kuan Yin statue which was damaged due to a fire a few years earlier. The temple is a focal point of festivals of the Chinese community in Penang especially during the the Chinese New Year celebrations.  For 30 days following Chinese New Year, the temple remains open until late at night whilst thousands of lights turn the scenery into a sea of light and this is very impressive view!! =)

Ok.. enough of reading. Let’s continue our journey. =)

View from the bottom of the hill taken from the open car park.

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Statues seen in the open car park. I believe these statues will be brought up to the temple when they are completed.

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Walking along to road at bottom of the hill of Air Hitam. You can see the pagoda and also the Kuan Yin which stands out.

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There is a market near the temple where every weekends it will be filled with lots of people and cars.

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Stall selling all sorts of lanterns…

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Lots of motorbikes seen outside the wet market.

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Food stall outside the market. It is a good place to try some of the local food of Penang here.  =)

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Clear signboard leading to the temple; Kek Lok Si Temple.

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Well.. stay tune with me. More on the wet market and the surrounding area before we head up the steps to the temple. If you like.. then keep following me… and ‘walk along side’ with me on this trip. =)