Penang 2013 Day 3 – Kek Lok Si

(This is part of an ongoing travelogue series. To start at the beginning, click here.)

Well, today we decided to be a little more adventurous for breakfast. We drove to Pulau Tikus market. But we couldn’t find any parking near the market, and they were clamping illegal parkers. So we drove a little further away, and walked back to one of the coffeeshops.

The shop had excellent roti babi and apam. I also had the har mee.



But the big surprise was bumping into Irvin and Geraldine and family at the coffeeshop. What are the chances? They were back from Australia, and they are hundreds of coffeeshops in Penang… Anyway good to catch with them.


First stop after brekkie was Kek Lok Si temple, but en route we stopped at Suffolk House. I’ve not heard much about this place, but it turned put to be very informative and interesting.



It was all very Downton Abbey-ish.


Made me wonder about all the balls and dinners held here during its heyday.

After lots pictures, we drove on to Ayer Itam.


I’m not sure if I’ve been here during when i came here as a kid, but if i did, i really can’t remember.




I’m sure its a must see tourist spot, but it all seemed a little too commercialised to me.



Lunch was the famous assam laksa in the market. I have to say its different and i can see why its touted as the best.


Before leaving we bought some tau sah pneah. There were many shops here, we chose Seng Kee.


Before leaving we took a drive to Penang Hill furnicular train station. There were far too many cars and tour buses. Sure looks very different from my last visit here.


Went back to hotel for a shower, nap and a swim.

Dinner was at Lebuh Chulia, another popular spot.


There was a Hindu procession.

Before calling it a night, we had coffee and cake in one of the pretty coffee places along Nagore Street.


The old Jewish synagogue is near here, too bad i didnt get a good shot of it. Its a photo studio now.

Time to call it a night.

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