Needing a break from the usual grind in Seoul, I decided to book a vacation in South East Asia which also coincided with Chinese New Year. Unfortunately as I was to find out later, the main celebrations happen after the actual holiday which meant there wasn’t a lot going on and most stores were closed for the week. I stopped by one of the local temples in Penang and was able to find people praying for a prosperous new year which made for a few good photos. The temple was filled with smoke from all of the incense being burned to the point where I was coughing on the smoke and my eyes were tearing up. Oranges were placed everywhere in the temple as an offering and the entire place was amass of people praying for a good new year. You couldn’t move without bumping into another person.
Of all of the temples, shrines, and places of worship that I’ve been to, the B.A.P.S Temple has been one of the most impressive temples I’ve ever been to. The temple is made out of imported Italian marble and was completely carved by hand and then erected using nothing but inner connecting lock pieces. The level of details and then placement; the temple is located right next to a Publix grocery store and 24/7 CVS Pharmacy and then you have this amazingly intricate temple juxtaposed against these commercial entities, it’s utterly mind boggling.