The Penang Buddhist Association

Built in 1931, the Penang Buddhist Association is a prominent landmark situated on Anson Road in George Town. This historic building, showcasing the old Straits Eclectic style, serves as a vibrant hub for Buddhists in Penang, hosting a variety of religious and community events, including meditation sessions, Dharma talks, and cultural celebrations.

In addition to Wesak Day, the association attracts numerous visitors on the first day of Chinese New Year, when many come to offer prayers for the new year. The Penang Buddhist Association also plays a significant role in promoting Buddhist education and charity work, supporting various local initiatives and fostering a sense of community among its members. Its beautiful architecture and serene environment make it a must-visit destination for both devotees and tourists exploring Penang’s rich cultural heritage.

May 22nd is Wesak Day here.

Penang Buddhist Association

Completed in 1931, the Penang Buddhist Association is located along Anson Road in George Town. The old Straits Eclectic style building is a popular place for Buddhists in Penang to participate in various religious and communal activities.

Apart from Wesak Day, many people also usually visit it on the first day of Chinese New Year for new year prayers.

Kek Lok Si Virtual Lighting Ceremony 2021

Kek Lok Si Temple, for the first time, will be broadcasting its lighting ceremony virtually today via Facebook for the coming Chinese New Year. This is due to the current Movement Control Order which is put in place across the country till 18 February, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virtual ceremony will start at 7pm today (GMT+8, 7 February) and those interested, can watch the virtual ceremony here: LINK

Kek Lok Si during Chinese New Year

Like every Chinese or Lunar New Year, the famous Kek Lok Si temple complex will be lighted up during the nights of the festive period in Penang. Throngs of visitors will be going up the hill temple to marvel at the display of the lights.