GEORGE TOWN: An additional 200 car park bays are ready to meet the increase in visitors to the Kek Lok Si Temple this Chinese New Year.
The new car park at the foot of the temple in Air Itam can accommodate more than 100 cars and about 20 tour buses while an open space opposite the RHB Bank in the nearby Jalan Pasar can park more than 100 cars.
Temple trustee Datuk Steven Ooi said those who park at both places could use a new trail from the car park at the foot of the temple up to the temple.
He added that visitors could also park at the 600 parking bays in the temple grounds.
Speaking during a brief visit to the new car park at the foot of the temple by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng yesterday, Ooi said visitors would be charged RM3 per entry at the foothill car park.
“The money collected will be used for the upkeep and maintenance of the car park.
“The RM3 daily parking fee is for the 15 days of Chinese New Year,” he said.
Ooi said that on other days, visitors could park at the new car park for free except on weekends and public holidays, when they would be charged RM2 per entry.
He said the car park would have a landscaped garden, a cable car facility and a tortoise pond once it was fully completed next year.