THE Kek Lok Si Temple will be lighted up from Sunday to March 15 for the Chinese New Year celebration.
Temple abbot Ven Xian Guan said the move to turn the temple in Ayer Itam into a “fairyland of lights” was now 70% complete.
“Our workers have been working round the clock to put up the lights.
“Visitors can see a beautiful display of LED and neon lights once work is completed,” he told a press conference at the temple.
He added that preparation works on the lights started three months ago.
Ven Xian Guan also said some 20,000 Chinese lanterns would be put up and the cost was estimated at RM800,000 this year.
It was reported that the hillside temple will shine with tens of thousands of LED, neon lights and Chinese lanterns this year.
On Chinese New Year’s Eve on Feb 15, the 125-year-old monastery will be illuminated all the way up to the 33.6m-tall Kuan Yin statue and pavilion.
From Feb 11 till March 2, the temple will be open to the public from 8.30am until midnight, and till 10pm from March 3 to 15.
Kek Lok Si Temple trustee Datuk Steven Ooi said the launching of the lighting ceremony will be on Sunday.
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