Malaysia – Penang; Visit to Kek Lok Si Temple (3)

Glad that you are still with me. From the Air Hitam wet market, to get up to the Kek Lok Si Temple, there is a path way of steps which you will pass through small little stalls where you can buy local stuffs and also souvenirs. Since I was there really early (about 9am+), most of the stalls are still close.(mmmm .. I guess it was also a public holiday too. =P )

Walkway up…..  with stalls still close (too early). Later in the day, there will be lots of visitors and also the worshipers who will come here.

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Walking through the path, I saw a side entrance to a school which I did not even realized it until then. Guess it is one of the lower primary that cater for the children staying in that area.

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A hand made sign board to lead you to the Kek Lok Si Temple. So, do not worry. You will not get lose here. =)

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Another hand made sign out of partial carton box. Guess it says it all. Wonder which agency will enforce it? LOL!!

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As you approach near the entrance of the temple, you will see a man made pond where it is filled with lot of black tortoises where you can buy some vegetable from the stalls nearby to feed them. Black tortoise or black turtle is one of the Four Symbols of the Chinese constellations and in China, they were thought to be spiritual creatures symbolizing longevity. Yup, some of them I believe would have lived close to 100 years old in the pond.

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This is the entrance from the pathway (there is another way up to the Kek Lok Si temple which is by car but why waste the beautiful view when you can walk up)  to the temple where you will be greeted by a small pagoda.

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Another shop from the base of the temple looking up at the pagoda.

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Interesting? If yes, then follow me on my next post on Kek Lok Si Temple. =)

A day in the wet market….

This would be my usual weekly affair.. to visit the wet market near my place. To think of it, I did not really capture the hive of activities on pictures in my own area as I usually do it when I travel overseas. I always make a point to see and understand how other countries’ wet market and the way people sell and buy the stuffs. Everywhere, it is different and here in Malaysia it is also different, not to mention in different states too.

20121201-092806 AM.jpg  Dry market…… onions, shallots,anchovies stall

20121201-092813 AM.jpg  Part of the wet market … stall selling stuff for making soup, wet spices…

20121201-092822 AM.jpg Poultry stall

20121201-092829 AM.jpg Stalls selling vegetables…..

20121201-092836 AM.jpg … a variety of vegetables.

20121201-092847 AM.jpg King of the fruits… Durian!! It is the right season to come as there are abundance of it.

20121201-092853 AM.jpg A stall selling all the Chinese prayers stuff

20121201-092859 AM.jpg Hmmmm… 12 for Rm100???? I bet this guy will not be selling any oranges today. I believe he may have added a zero by mistake. A costly mistake for sure.

IMG_1128[1] Mother and child preparing the vegetables to be sold.

It is nice to watch the all the activities and people busy zooming in and out, buying things and all the mixtures of colour of the food and surroundings around.