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Image of the Kek Lok Si Temple in Penang, Malaysia, all lighted up for the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration on January 26, 2009. The Kek Lok Si Temple is a Buddhist temple situated in Air Itam and is one of the best known temples on Penang island. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia. The construction of the temple began in 1890 and in 1930, the seven storey main pagoda of the temple or the Pagoda of 10,000 Buddhas was completed. This pagoda combines a Chinese octagonal base with a middle tier of Thai design, and a Burmese crown; reflecting the temple's embrace of both Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism.