I got off the local bus in the middle of a busy street market at Air Hitam and followed Trip Advisor's instructions. A side road leads to a narrow, dark laneway stepping up the hill, crowded with souvenir shops. Before I reached half way I was drenched in sweat. Just keep following the signs (if you can find them).
I climbed up the first three levels of the pagoda, more to get the cooling breeze and to enjoy the views than with any appreciation of the buddhas along the way.
Back down, the path continues through more souvenir shops with devotional music blaring. I found myself chanting along; Om Mani Padme Hum, Om Mani Padme Hum. The shops had signs indicating that photography was not welcome, but I amused myself by trying to find the tackiest Monkeys. Plenty of choice.
In a pond full of turtles these guys were having their morning meeting. Reminded me of the Rotorua Public Library for some reason.
A short cable car ride (a further sauna experience) takes you to the upper level of the complex which is overseen by the massive bronze statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin.
All that was generating a bit of an appetite, and luckily there's a very good vegetarian restaurant in the complex.
|I spotted one of these while in the cable car.|
|Here's looking up your nostrils kid.|
|And that's today's story folks. Enjoy!|
|Funny things, turtles.|