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Lunar New Year

Malaysia’s Kek Lok Si bejewelled for a prosperous Lunar New Year

Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist temple complex lights up to attract more visitors

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 January, 2017, 12:07pm
UPDATED : Monday, 23 January, 2017, 12:10pm

By Audrey Dermawan

Tonight, the 126-year-old Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam, Malaysia, was all aglow as thousands of lights illuminated the biggest Buddhist temple complex in Southeast Asia.

From up above, one could easily see that the historic site has been transformed into a magical fairyland as devotees attended a special lighting ceremony.

To cap the magnificent evening, the spectacular display of fireworks adorned the skies above.

This is an annual tradition that draws thousands of visitors from around the region and beyond as it is a colourful sight to behold.

Temple trustee Datuk Steven Ooi told the New Straits Times that this year’s lighting was different from the ones in the previous years as the committee has added modern lightings apart from traditional Chinese lanterns and LED lightings.

“Indeed, the glittering temple is transformed into a fairyland,” he said, adding that the team hopes that this will encourage even more visitors to come and see the temple and take in the breathtaking views.

Earlier in the evening, the temple hosted a dinner for guests. Prayers were also held along with a chanting session for the devotees.

Seen as a symbol of peace, luck and prosperity, the lights at Kek Lok Si will be switched on daily from 7pm to midnight until Feb 24.

Malaysia’s Kek Lok Si bejewelled for a prosperous Lunar New Year