After yesterday’s jungle trekking, we wanted to spend our last full day here in Georgetown a bit calmer. In the morning we planned our next few days on our trip and booked the flight ticket for Singapore tomorrow. In the afternoon, we visited the Kek Lok Si Temple nearby during a thunderstorm.
Kek Lok Si Temple
Upon recommendation from one of Ilinca’s friends, we could motivate ourselves to get a 30 minute ride to the city limits where the Kek Lok Si temple is situated. We left Georgetown in sunny weather, but we were basically driving towards a black wall of clouds. When we arrived at the temple, there was heavy rain. Luckily, most of the temple is covered, so the thunderstorm was not a big problem at all, rather the opposite as the temperatures were more bearable and there were almost no other visitors around.
I like visiting temples and other religious buildings mainly because of the architecture, so I will not comment much about Buddhism, and what Buddha stands for what in their belief. If you are interested in these kinds of things, feel free to visit the Wikipedia page.
I was really surprised by the dimensions of the whole temple, consisting of several buildings, a pagoda (tower), and a giant statue of the Goddess of Mercy. And because the temple is situated at the city limit on the hillside, it was bordering directly the jungle. I let the pictures speak for themselves.
Travel plans for the next week
Tomorrow we will fly to Singapore with the flight we booked earlier today. Singapore because we decided to have Ilinca’s backpack sent on the shortest possible path to South East Asia. And this is Singapore, where there is also a direct flight with SWISS. And as we wanted to visit our friend Chris anyway in the next few months of our trip, it was a good occasion.
After Singapore we will the finally fly on to Borneo where we should have arrived already a few days ago according to our initial plan. But jungle trekking without Ilinca’s equipment did not make much sense to us. The flights and accommodation in the jungle we have not booked yet, but we will most likely do this tomorrow.