Monday, December 7, 2009

The New Landmark in Penang - The Goddess of Mercy Pavilion

In George Town, Penang, more than 13,000 people attended the consecration and opening of the 20-storey pavilion over the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) statue at the Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam here yesterday.

The pavilion, measuring 82.7m from the base to the tip, features a three-tiered pagoda-style roof and is supported by 16 granite pillars.

Each pillar consists of 40 circular blocks of 45cm-thick granite and has a circumference of 2.1m.

Among them were some 3,000 venerable religious leaders of the Mahayana, Theravada and Vajrayana traditions from Malaysia, China, Taiwan, Cambodia, Thailand and Bhutan.

More from The Star..13,000 attend consecration of pavilion

Source: The Star

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20-storey Pavilion over the Goddess of Mercy (Kuan Yin) Statue - Penang


  1. I think this is the second attempt by Kek Lok Si to build the Goddess of Mercy statue.

    The first attempt - many years ago - was met by protests from Islamic authorities who said that the statue would be taller than the mosques in the island. The temple was forced to change the plan by erecting a 'shorter' statue.

    No protest this time. Maybe Malaysia's future is not as bleak as we thought...

  2. Yeah, I heard the former statue had to be cut shorter and the end-result was not appealing.

    Do you think a change of ruling party has anything to do with the approval?