Faces of
Malaysia
Ipoh

Ipoh is the apital of the state of Perak and the fourth largest city of peninsular Malaysia with a population of 760,000 (Metro area: 1.4 Mil). It is scenically located amoung karst limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, about 2 1/2 hours north of Kuala Lumpur. The city is somehow forgotten by most travellers in Malaysia, however it has a lot to offer with many colonial buildings and shophouses (it used to be a very rich city around the turn of the 19th century due to tin mining) and the nature (hills, caves) around. Among Malaysians it is known for good food like the popular Ipoh Chicken Rice.

Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

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Penang, Malaysia

Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple

address: at Ayer Itam, near Penang Hill
Kek Lok Si (Buddhist) Temple, Largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Construction started in 1893 and took over 20 years to complete but new sections keep being added
Largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Construction started in 1893 and took over 20 years to complete but new sections keep being added

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm
The temple is about 3km walk from Penang Hill station or take TransistLink buses 101 and 130 or Yellow Bus 85 to Air Hitam.

Links: Photo Collection of the Temple



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