Saturday, April 27, 2019

April 27, 2019,    Penang, Malaysia.   106/183

Penang state consists of Penang Island (113 sq. miles) and part of the mainland of the Malayan, supporting a population of 1.5 million.  Capital city is Georgetown, another modern metropolis.  Britain acquired this area from a Sultan through trickery in 1786 and made it a trading center for many nations.  Capital is Georgetown, named after King George the Third.  Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Buddhists live harmoniously with churches all located in the same area.  Everyone benefits by having four New Years celebrations to celebrate each year, for a total of 18 statutory holidays.

Our excursion today included a funicular railroad ride to the top of Penang Hill and a visit to the Kek Lok Si Temple complex, a huge collection of temple structures.  400 step climb to the top was a challenge in the heat and humidity.

Views from Penang Hill, where the governors used to live. 10 F cooler because of altitude.

2500' ride to the bottom

Temple Complex -  Did 400 steps to get to the top

High end graffiti

Monkey hanging around

Sign of peace and love in the Buddhist religion.  Perverted by the Nazis

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