We got off the Rapid Penang #201 bus at the Air Itam Market and walked a short distance to the alleyway near the Kong Min school. After a few breathless minutes walking up the steps we decided to turn back, and headed to the foothill car park area of Kek Lok Si that was situated rigth beside the Kong Min school.
Here we stumbled upon (what was in our minds) a new and much appreciated addition to the temple, a new inclined from the foothill car park. This saved us an immense amount of time and energy well worth the RM16 fare (aprroximately USD/EUR3.60) that included:
- an inclined lift to station 2
- a buggy ride to station 3
- another inclined lift to station 4
We took the inclined lift, then a buggy before riding the second inclined lift all the way to the top to see the Guan Yin Temple. From Wikipedia: "In 2002, a 30.2-metre bronze statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, was completed and opened to the public. It replaced the previous white plaster Kuan Yin statue which was damaged due to a fire a few years earlier.
We then wandered around the zodiac themed garden and took some wefies at the little man-made waterfalls. We then rode the inclined lift back down to station 3 and took a stroll along the columns of Buddha statues before taking the buggy down to Station 2.
After a while of strolling we took the last inclined lift back to the foothill car park and walked back to Pekan Air Itam. An experience not to be missed if you visit Penang, this and Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera) are the two main landmarks that we recommend to everyone without hesitation.
Lastly, we feel that it is our civic duty to remind everyone that while masks are now optional outdoors, it is still mandatory indoors!
Pekan Ayer Itam - https://goo.gl/maps/M1tLVwVLwKeDCYAk8
Kek Lok Si Temple Car Park - https://goo.gl/maps/k68vJPwvzqCaQrbn8
Kek Lok Si’s Pagoda - https://goo.gl/maps/dQUjbL1PBNjr5de5A
Kek Lok Si Temple - https://goo.gl/maps/tPsCXddRm7dTMNjE6
Guan Yin Statue - https://goo.gl/maps/CkG8f1TBATdgCr5LA
We do what we can to support local businesses, and it's always good to know that everyone here observes all related SOPs, it helps make us feel safer and reassured.