Kek Lok Si Temple Lighting Ceremony & Display of Lights 2016   2 comments

11215514_1717737551788962_8969748025960121680_nKek Lok Si Temple Lighting Ceremony & Display of Lights 2016
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Kek Lok Si Temple Display of Lights 2016
Date: 4 February (Lighting Ceremony)
7 – 22 February (Kek Lok Si Temple Display of Lights)
Penang’s iconic temple, ‘Kek Lok Si’ or the Temple of Supreme Bliss is said to be the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia, and arguably one of the most famous in Penang. Kek Lok Si has started preparing for its annual lighting ceremony.
This year, the lighting ceremony will be commenced on 4 February. Then, it will be taking 2 days break and continue to be lighted up every night from 7 February (Chinese New Year Eve) onwards until 22 February (Chap Goh Meh) which will showcase more than 10,000 lights. The lighting of the temple symbolizes peace, luck and prosperity.
The 125 years old Kek Lok Si Temple itself has always been a tourist attraction in Penang but the annual display of lights is even a bigger crowd puller, attracting tourists from all around the world and locals as well.
Extracted from Facebook’s Event Page Hosted by Freedom Diary 自由日记簿.

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The risks of the photographers
Photo-shooting at this annual event is interesting and at times can be risky for more senior citizen like me. This year was also basically the same as we waited for Marilyn to fetch us after her dogs-feeding routine. It was getting late at 6.60 pm and have a Burmese domestic helper to drop off at her home in Farlim. Traffic was jammed from the General Hospital towards Ayer Itam – the place we were heading. So, we took a short cut towards York Road but also it was equally jammed with cars as Chinese New Year and schools were closing their afternoon session. Anyway, to cut the story short, we, Bertrand and me, reached the bottom of the hill terraces at just 7.15 pm. We took a strenuous up-hill hike towards the destined place on the hill-side of a fruit farm. We had sought permission from the man for the past few years to photo-shoot the event. We thanked him for his generosity and I had personally bought a crate of mandarin oranges for him last year 2015 which he reluctantly accepted. Reaching the terrace where pineapples were growing, we then slowly climb upwards the earth and sandy terraces. It was indeed very “slippery” due to the dry sand. One misstep one can fell several metres downwards due to the steep slope. Many thanks to Bertrand and Michael Chuan for carrying my bag and tripod plus aiding me upwards. There were already over 10 photographers on the hillside with the tripods and cameras ready for the action.

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Ethics of photographers
Usually we had a list of 10 photographers which we had earlier asked for approval from the land owner. As the space is limited, we did not request for more photographers to be on the terraces unless prior permission was granted. There were photographers coming on their own and lying to the land owner that they had permission which was definitely false. In the end, I had to place my tripod in a muddy puddle as I did not want to climb up further owing to my weak legs. Quickly, I set up my camera and tripod and just in time for the photo-shoot which started 15 minutes later. However, special thanks and appreciation to Michael Chuan for the credit of finding this alternative site that saved hiking time of 30 minutes up the stone steps to the hill top, behind the vegetable farm. The photographs taken here were quite similar in composition and framing as the ones on top of us.

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The Lighting Ceremony
The colourful lightings were suddenly lighted up with parts ofthe Temple in sequence. The Pagoda was the last building to be lighted up. The lighting ceremony had began and next shall be the fireworks display.

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As expected like clock-work, the fireworks started. After the fireworks session, there was a short interval and thinking that the fireworks had ended, we were caught unprepared for the next session of fireworks.

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So this ended the 2016 Kek Lok Si Temple Lighting Ceremony and the Display of Lights on 4th February, 2016.

SP Lim
Still photo-shooting


2 responses to “Kek Lok Si Temple Lighting Ceremony & Display of Lights 2016

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  1. Wow gorgeous photos! I would love to one day be able to see it in person! 🙂


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