A part of Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam, Penang was destroyed after a fire broke out during the wee hours today (12 October).
In a statement, the the Paya Terubong Fire and Rescue Department said it was alerted to the fire at about 2.56 a.m. and teams had been deployed immediately to the scene.
The Operations officer, Muhamad Norhisyam Ibrahim said his team found one of the temples at the hill top had been gutted.
“The damages were estimated at 70%. We immediately set out to put out the fire.” he said, NST reported.
Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.
The Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in Malaysia.
It had been an important pilgrimage centre for Buddhists, as well as an iconic tourism product in the state.
The entire complex of temples was built over a period from 1890 to 1930.
The main draw in the Kek Lok Si Temple is the striking seven-storey Pagoda of Rama VI (Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas) with 10,000 alabaster and bronze statues of Buddha and the 36.57-metre-tall (120 ft) bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy.