Huat Huah Liam Temple (GPS: 5.40702, 100.28429) is a temple in Hye Keat Estate, Air Itam, dedicated to the Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy. I discovered it when I noticed a pagoda as I was driving along Jalan Air Itam towards the Air Itam town. So I decided to check it out.
Huat Huah Liam Temple is a small nunnery - I only met with Buddhist nuns there. It has an entrance arch with its name inscribed over it. Beside the temple is the pagoda, which is actually a columbarium. Inside Huat Huah Liam Temple is an altar to Kuan Yin. In the compound is a joss incinerator and potted lotus plants. The temple isn't geared for tourists, though the nuns receive me and my wife graciously. The gate was shut and was only opened after we called out and asked for permission to enter. I found the name Huat Huah Liam Temple on the noticeboard of the temple.
Huat Huah Liam Temple is near the Air Itam Roundabout and a short walking distance from the bus stop. If taking public transport, Rapid Penang Buses No. 201 and U206 pass the bus stop along Jalan Air Itam on the main road. Bus No. 204 pass Jalan Bukit Bendera slightly farther away.
Huat Huah Liam Temple pagoda (26 October 2008)
Prayer Hall at Huat Huah Liam Temple with altar to Kuan Yin (26 October 2008)
Temple drum and temple bell at Huat Huah Liam (26 October 2008)
The entrance archway of Huat Huah Liam Temple (26 October 2008)
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