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Malaysia, which is the country that I am born in. One of the best country in the world that offers many variety of options for traveling, food and many other things. IF you are looking for extreme challenge then you can go for a hike at Mt. Kinabalu that stood 4,100 above sea level.

Hiking or extreme doesnt suit you then we do have one of a best dive side in the world which is Sipadan island with crystal clear water. . .

or some sight seeing caves, Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang, Melaka with world heritage site, and many other more.

NOt only that, in our modern and busiest city which is Kuala Lumpur we proudly have our Petronas Twin Tower standing tall there to amaze many people around the region.

As a  multi ethnic country, food of course is one of the items that we are proud off..

With the latest collaboration of Samsung and Yuna cames by this project by embarking on GALAXY Note II, bringing everything special about Malaysia to life. GALAXY Wonderland is a musical voyage brought to life on Samsung’s latest flagship, the GALAXY Note II, and celebrates Malaysia’s identity through its culture, places, and art.

When we were a kid, we always live in wonderland, even a good painter at that time when other think you are not.  A Dreamer with many things running in our mind. Its time to test our creativity again and express yourself or  through your creativity and share it with Yuna so that she can get inspirations out of your creative ideas in her new music video. Lets start our creativity by log in to :

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How many of you do actually come up here and pray? In Penang is not only famous for food as Kek Lok Si Temple is also one of the main tourist attraction when you visit Penang. One of the reason that you should visit this place as its one of the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia.

Back to the history of how it was build as the construction of the temple began in 1890 and was inspired by the chief monk of the Goddess of Mercy Temple at Pitt Street. With the support of the consular representative of China in Penang, the project received the sanction of the Emperor Guangxu, who bestowed a tablet and gift of 70,000 volumes of the Imperial Edition of the Buddhist Sutras. (source from wikipedia)

As the temple is still growing and expending, as below is the new section of the temple that building the new bronze Guan Yin statue was purely donations from visitors around the world that have visited this place.

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Besides the standing tall statue, every year during Chinese New Year, the whole temple is transform to temple of light that every corner and edge is well light up that make it so obvious to be miss if you are driving around as this temple is sitting at mid hill. During CNY, the temple had attracted many tourist from all around the region to flock at this place as it is only light up during 1 week before through 1 week after CNY.

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Of course we took the opportunity to come up here as well. As we reach, then we prayed and then make a good wish for year 2012 ad they have a wish tree that you just purchase these ribbon with many types of specific wish you wanted, good health, wealth, career, family and many more then write your  name behind it.

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of course there is a saying, the higher you put up, the chances of it to be more smooth for the year will be fufill.

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to avoid massive traffic jam coming up and down, its good to be up here before 7pm then leave before 9pm whereby after 8pm is the most people and congested traffic. You can even enjoy to be stuck in the traffic for at least 1 hour before coming up here. Viewing part of the island.

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As year of the Dragon, the place is decorated up with a few Dragon decor.

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Then thru donations around the world, usually we buy a plank/ piece of the rooftop tiles and write our name and for further construction, they will place this tiles up.

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If not you can buy a chunk of coins then put it on every base of this to make it a complete round.

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this is the bronze Guan Yin Statue that is still under construction on its final stage which is her roof.

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With the statue sitting at the top of the temple, and if you do plan to visit the bottom part of the temple, you can take a ride on this newly constructed rail train which cost RM2 for 1 way and RM2 for return trip.

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At 7pm sharp, the whole temple will be light up till 12am.

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Went up with the siau poh’s

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As night falls, its becoming more light up and nice.

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To head to another Pagoda tower, you have to pay RM2 per entry to visit this section then you get to climb to the top floor of the pagoda tower.

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Make another wish and ring the bell then put your donations accordingly.

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Well, this whole temple city being light up and its only happening once a year which is during Chinese New Year Period. If you happen to be around the city, do visit and enjoy the magnificent of the lights.

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In Penang, besides famous for its food, one of the signature landmark that represents the island is known as Kek Lok Si Temple (known as Temple of Supreme Bliss) which is more than 100 years old that is located at Ayer Itam, which is consider one of the biggest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. More info:

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The Old Guan Yin Statue that had been reconstruct.
The new Bronze statue of Guan Yin that completed in the year 2002 had make a hit in the island to replace the white statue that got damage in a blaze and the newly build roof top to cover and protect the Guan Yin Statue had make a breath taking sight from far that completed end of the year 2009 and now alot of tourist are flocking this place.

This magnificent temple was build upon the fund of the public and tourist and donations from all around the world to preserve the great history of it.

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Besides this, during Chinese New Year is also consider one of the place must visit during this festive season as the whole temple is fully light up to give the spectacular night view and will last for 33 days. Thanks to Ken and Coco for the night photoshot.

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For foreign travells, you can get to this temple by public transportation which is one of the main change terminal is at Penang Jetty or Prangin Mall/Komtar with bus:
Rapid Penang Bus Route No: U201 / U203 / U204 / U206 / U502

This was my tradition to pray here every year during Chinese New Year to wish for a smooth and better year ahead. I wasnt being superstitious but old people teach. Just follow. Wanted to post this up because I am proud of this temple, as this Kuan Yin statue was fully funded by citizens and tourist who visit here. It took about near 10 years to build this whole thing up as it was slowly funded years by years. This year I have donated a titles of roof plate which is RM30 the smllest. You can write your name, make your pray wishes and your name will be up there forever as they will put a layer waterproof syelek to have your name up there as long as possible. As what a quote we learn when we are young ‘simpan sikitsikit, lama-lama jadi bukit‘ .
It first started to build the statue, and was there for very long time to build the pillar as not enough fund until 3 years ago. Till today it was near completion as was told by the Auntie, it would be complete by mid of this year. Really looking forward for this statue as the roof was the final piece of whole project. To covered the ‘Kuan Yin’ from sun and rain.
When it completed, it would be the South East Asia biggest Guan Yin statue. It has already attract tourist from near and far every year. As this whole temple was light up during at night during Chinese New year. It was sure jam like crazy to go up visiting at night. Be sure you go up at 7pm to avoid the jam.

The area definitely have the feel of like those in Taiwan, China or Hong Kong.

This is the lantern as what they said that you are not in the luck for the year or the light around you is dim, write your name and hang it here, will make your light brighter for smooth sailing for the year ahead. As different zodiac has different luck in the year.
I see some of the tourist put or stick their coins in this small little fountain and make a wish.
This is the scenery of the temple from the mid of the mountain. Whereby the Guan Yin statue looking at. As what they said part of the god to take care of the island as what the auntie told me.

It overlook the whole area of Ayer Itam and Paya Terubong

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