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The man-made Cloud Forest is one of the two largest climate-controlled conservatories in the world. As the name implies, the precipitation comes directly from clouds through the cloud filtering of the trees that creates moist, misty and dim environment.

Cloud Forest, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore


Penang: Kek Lok Si Temple and Penang Hill

Kek Lok si

Kek Lok Si or known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss, located at Air Itam hilltop is a beautiful Buddhist temple in a rural setting. Founded in 1890s by an immigrant Chinese Buddhist, this temple is said to be the largest in Southeast Asia. This temple draws throngs of visitors during the Chinese New Year. I took the easy way by hiring a cab about RM60 to the Kek Lok Si and Penang Hill.

The giant statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy. The 30.2m bronze statue is one of the highlight. I was told the pavilion was recently built to shelter the statue.

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Penang: The Blue Mansion

Aside from the Pinang Peranakan Mansion at Church Street, The Blue Mansion or known as Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion is a must visit when you are in Penang. Cheong Fatt Tze was a prominent Chinese figure in the newly established Penang Straits Settlement in the 19th century. The Mansion’s construction began before the end of the 19th Century, and it was said that Cheong Fatt Tze had hoped to house nine generations of his descendants. The mansion was built by master craftsmen brought in especially from China and building materials were imported from as far away as Scotland, who used their skills to fashion the mansion with 38 rooms, 5 granite-paved courtyards, 7 staircases and 220 windows. The plot of land was chosen after heavy consultation with the era’s preeminent feng shui masters.

The distinctive blue colour mansion is easy to spot along Leith Street and was named one of the ‘ 10 Greatest Mansions in the World’ by Lonely Planet. The blue coat is the result of mixing lime with natural blue dye made from the Indigo plant.

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