The Ambassador recently travelled to #Penang
to commemorate #Malaysia’s
religious diversity during not one, but two holiday celebrations. The visit included stops at #KekLokSiTemple
and the #WaterfallHilltopTemple
– both wonderful examples of Malaysia’s rich religious diversity during the #ChapGohMei
At the Kek Lok Si Temple, Ambassador Lakhdhir was received by the temple trustee, Datuk Steven Ooi Teik Heng. The Ambassador joined Penang Chief Minister, YAB Chow Kon Yeow 曹觀友 and Deputy Chief Minister, Prof. Dr.Ramasamy, the Temple chairman and a few Penang elected representatives at Waterfall Hilltop Temple. Together, the entourage also visited a few Hindu Temples along Jalan Kebun Bunga in Penang congregating with thousands of devotees who visited the houses of worship during the Thaipusam celebration.
𝗞𝗘𝗞 𝗟𝗢𝗞 𝗦𝗜 𝗧𝗘𝗠𝗣𝗟𝗘
The 129-year old Kek Lok Si Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. The temple consists of the world-famous seven-story Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas and a 120 ft tall bronze statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy.
𝗪𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗛𝗜𝗟𝗟𝗧𝗢𝗣 𝗧𝗘𝗠𝗣𝗟𝗘
The Arulmigu Balathandayuthepani Kovil, also known as Waterfall Hilltop Temple, is the focal point for the Thaipusam festival in Penang. With 513 steps to reach to the top, the temple has been touted as the largest shrine to Lord Murugan found outside India.