FGS Dong Zen Temple 2010
Many of us were anticipating this event when it comes to Chinese New Year. FGS Dong Zen (佛光山) has become the most attractive icon in Malaysia. As usual, the main iconic this year is Marvelous Malaysia Tiger Lantern.
Fo Guang Shan (FGS) Dong Zhen Temple
16 February 2010
CNY Lantern & Flora Festival
I always wanted to visit this place every year … hence it’s my second year in a row. I went on third day of CNY lunar calendar, but still encountered a huge crowd, especially in the late afternoon. Many were flocking into the place for pray, leisure, take photo and also family hangout.
Human bumper-to-bumper happened in most area where it was impossible to stop for photo shooting. You imagine how stuffy it is. Tension.
To go there, I used KESAS highway from KL. I paid RM6.60 in 3 plaza tolls for one way only. Used to turn left when you see Banting/Klang interchange. There are 15km to reach FGS from the interchange. Signboard is available along the way.
Car park and admission are FREE. Volunteers are around to divert the traffic so everyone can find their own parking space easily.
There are new entrance from the side near car park which visitors not require to walk far to enter from the front. Good news for senior citizen.
I had taken some shots in the early evening before sun dawn. Enjoy.
Longmen Grottoes Art Exhibition
Miniature stone … represent mountain
Panthaka, The Arhat With Stretched Arms
Because of his usual lifting of both arms and stretching himself after meditation. Panthaka is named The Arhat with Stretched Arms.
Guan Yin’s disciples … cute
Get back where you were … Nobody dare to cross this entrance. LOL
Lumbini Garden … koi pond and man-made landscape
Giant baby Buddha … another main attraction
Entrance … old entrance, one of the entrances to the temple
Balloon Wheel … RM6 per ride (3 tokens)
Wishing tree … RM5 per throw (per orange) if not mistaken
Sacred water … the water pond build big enough to prevent people reaches their hand
Flower blossom … attracted many ladies here
33 warriors … too many, I do not jog down their name
This year, FGS has replaced last year 30-feet high OX with Marvelous Malaysia Tiger Lantern. At night, the color beams keep changing every second.
Zen ~ Perfect Idea of Space … air-conditioned floor, perfect to avoid crowded and enjoy the space
One cannot be without water and food after a long and crowded walk. This year, a dedicated food court place is built for patrons especially senior citizens.
Overall night scenery at FGS Dong Zen Temple is superb. There are beautiful sights of peace lanterns in hope to bring peace and happiness to everyone there. For the casual visitor, the best time to visit is during or near Chinese New Year. Additional lanterns are mounted and floral fests, floats, cultural exhibitions are staged.
Please enjoy the view at night. Let’s pictures do the talk.
Night view of FGS Dong Zen … it becomes lantern festival at night, flora festival at day light
Accompanied by 4 selected animal lanterns, namely cat, tiger, cow and panda … what panda is doing here? Kung fu … LOL
Merdeka (Independent) Spirit … in fact, it shows Malaysia Tiger, not foreign species. LOL
This will emanate light, surrounded by flowers … overwhelm by too many lights
Rolling wishes … unique and attractive
The festivities transformed the FGS Dong Zen Temple into a magical wonderland at night.
It opens from 12-28 Feb 2010, 10am – 10pm daily. So, don’t miss it this year. Cheers.