The newly renovated and re-landscaped turtles pond and garden of Kek Lok Si.
Currently some of the area’s rework is still in progress.
A major road in the hilly area of Penang, Jalan Balik Pulau connects the Ayer Itam town with the Balik Pulau town through a long road that also goes through the hilly area via a hill path. It also passes by the famous Kek Lok Si temple.
Kek Lok Si Temple at the hills of Ayer Itam.
The beautifully decorated and illuminated Kek Lok Si temple during a Chinese New Year night in Penang.
The Jade Emperor Temple at the foot of Penang Hill.
During the ninth day of the Chinese New Year, Chinese Hokkien people will be celebrating the birthday of the Jade Emperor. This day is also known as the Hokkien people’s new year, and has its origin back during the Song Dynasty where Chinese Hokkien refugees were saved from being caught and killed by the Mongols on the same day of the Jade Emperor’s birthday. Hence, as gratitude and believing that the Jade Emperor had saved them, the Hokkien people soon marked this day as an important festival to be celebrated.
Most Chinese in Penang are Hokkiens, so this day is usually celebrated more widely (and ‘loudly’) here than the first day of Chinese New Year.