Invasion of the Boat People

A little over two weeks ago, my mom and my relatives (The Boats – my Aunt, two cousins, and three 2nd cousins) came to visit us in Penang. One of the first orders of business for our weary travelers was a foot massage.

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The Saturday after they arrived, we did a Tour de Penang starting with the Kek Lok Si Temple. It is always an interesting place to visit. I have been there several times and it was fun to share it with the Boats. This time, we climbed the stairs from the street through small souvenir stands. Just at the base, is a turtle pond.

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Then on up to the temple complex.

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At the main temple, you can buy wishing ribbons. Derek got the ribbon for “Excellent Academic Results”.

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Brenna rang the bell at the base of the large pagoda and then we climbed on up. There are about five levels. Each one with its own altar and different styles of Buddha.

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We then rode the vertical tram up to the top to see the large statue of Kuan Yin.

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In the background, you can see the remains of the original white plaster statue of Kuan Yin.

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After that, it was time to get out of the heat and continue our Tour de Penang. Next blog post.

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