GEORGE TOWN: The iconic Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam was tonight transformed into a fairyland of lights for Chinese New Year celebration next Friday.
Some 20,000 traditional Chinese lanterns and thousands of modern neon and LED lightings set the 127-year-old biggest Buddhist temple complex in Southeast Asia aglow.
To cap the magnificent evening, a spectacular display of fireworks lit the skies.
This is an annual tradition that draws thousands of visitors from around the region and beyond as it is a colourful sight to behold.
Temple trustee Datuk Steven Ooi, when contacted, said to usher in the Year of the Dog, more than 20 statues of dogs would be put up around the temple.
He said it took workers nearly three months to make the necessary preparations.
"We welcome guests from near and far to marvel in the beauty of the magical fairyland," he said.
Earlier in the evening, the temple hosted a dinner for guests. Prayers were also held along with a chanting session for the devotees.
Seen as a symbol of peace, luck and prosperity, the lights at Kek Lok Si will be switched on daily until March 30.
On Chinese New Year’s Eve on Feb 15, the monastery will be illuminated all the way up to the 33.6ml Kuan Yin statue and pavilion.