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The Khoo Kongsi Altar

A different perspective of one of the altars at the Khoo Kongsi Temple.  The temple had a few different rooms with absolutely stunning decorations.  It was full of color and life.  It definitely seems like a perfect place to pray.

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A mother and her child making an offering at the Khoo Kongsi Temple

I spotted this moment at the Khoo Kongsi Temple in Penang, Malaysia.  A little girl and her mother are sharing a prayer together. It was during Chinese New Year so the beautiful temple was packed!  I was so lucky to get to see the excitement and celebration centered around the wonderful holiday!

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A young girl enjoying the ferry ride over to Penang

Penang, Malaysia is an island reachable by bridge or ferry.  When I took my minibus trip from Hat Yai to Penang, my driver decided to take the ferry!  What luck! I loved the relaxing trip over and got some great shots of a family enjoying the trip as well. 

Penang was one of the most diverse cities I have ever experienced.  Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Penang has it all.  And they seemlingly live in harmony, which was such an amazing thing to see!

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Some dilapidated Buddhas at Wat Chai Watthanaram

One of my favorite subjects in Thailand has been the Buddha. I have never seen the same one twice and especially in Ayuthayya there are the main attraction.  I loved walking through the ruins of Wat Chai Watthanaram in awe of the remnants.  Its just so crazy to think that a long time ago this used to be the capital of Thailand!

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The remnants of a Buddha at Wat Lokayasutha

The leftovers of what was once a Buddha at the great Wat Lokayasutha in Ayuthayya.

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A young monk participating in Songkran

This is the one picture I wanted: a monk with a water gun.  Oh and I got it, amidst a fight with the said monk.  It was hilarious and so cute at the same time.  A few of them were timidly gathered by the moat, successfully filling up their water guns and buckets.  I of course let him shoot first and he also was not quite shooting when I took this picture, or he was shooting, but not exactly at me, definitely more of a pose just for the picture!  He was quite respectful of my naked camera!

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A lady making an offering on Kuta Beach

The Hindu people are very good about making offerings five times a day.  Walking through the streets, you will surely find yourself almost stepping (and sometimes accidentally stepping) on little offering boxes made out of palm leaves.  I see pigeons pecking at the crackers and cookies left in the boxes and sometimes there are fifty little boxes all heaped up in a corner because no one picked them up.

But nonetheless, it was very spiritually inspiring to see their dedication to their religion.

I caught this lady making an offering on the beach.  They way she knelt and prayed looked so peaceful even among the hecticness of Kuta beach.

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