Wonderful Kedah, Malaysia

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Famous for its endless paddy fields, Kedah is fondly known as the "rice bowl" of Malaysia

Famous for its endless paddy fields, Kedah is fondly known as the “rice bowl” of Malaysia

Kedah is a state in northwest Malaysia comprising of the world famous Langkawi Island and the mainland. In terms of population and size, Kedah is a moderate-sized state. Perhaps, that’s why much of the state still has a rural feel to it. Hence, for visitors, Kedah can effectively be grouped into two distinct sides of the same coin – the much talked about, much visited tropical archipelago of Langkawi and the more laid back, less visited mainland Kedah.

There is no gainsaying that Langkawi is the state’s leading destination. However, there is much more to Kedah than the legendary island of Pulau Langkawi and its surrounding islets. Mainland Kedah is historic in its own right and boasts of absolutely stunning natural attractions and fantastic local cuisines.

 

History

Kedah’s early history can be traced back to a Hindu-Buddhist monarchy that ruled ancient Kedah as early as 110 A.D., as evidence found at archaeological sites in the Bujang Valley suggests. The discovery of temples, iron smelting sites and jetty remains proves that ancient Kedah kingdoms had contact with south Indian Tamil kingdoms and that a well-established sea trade route was already in existence. Going by the archaeological evidence found in the Bujang Valley, ancient Kedah is, in effect, the oldest civilisation in the whole of Southeast Asia.

Artist's impression of trade in the Bujang Valley (Lembah Bujang)

Artist’s impression of trade in the Bujang Valley (Lembah Bujang)

Around the 7th and 8th centuries, Kedah became part of the powerful Malay state of Srivijaya which played a major role in the already established Indian maritime trade. This led to tensions with the Chola Empire throughout the 9th to 13th centuries. In the 11th century, a successful invasion was led by Virarajendra Chola of the Chola dynasty. By the late 11th century, Kedah was under Chola rule.

Kedah later fell to Siam until it was conquered by the Malay Sultanate in the 15th century. In the 17th century, Kedah suffered another attack, this time from the Portuguese after their successful takeover of Malacca. Kedah witnessed yet another invasion by the Siamese in 1821 even after the Sultan handed over Penang, which was still part of Kedah then, to the British for protection.

By 1896, Kedah along with Perlis and Setul were under the control of the Siamese as the province of Monthon Syburi until it was transferred to the British under the Anglo-Siamese treaty of 1909. During World War II, Kedah was invaded by Japan and handed to their Thai allies, who renamed it Syburi. However, the British regained control by the time the war ended. And by 1948, Kedah became part of the Federation of Malaya.

The present Kedah Sultanate began when the 9th Kedah Maharaja Derbar Raja embraced Islam and changed his name to Sultan Mudzafar Shah I. The Kedah monarchy is passed down from father to son and the late Sultan Abdul Halim, who passed away on 11th September 2017 was the 28th Sultan of Kedah. The 29th and current Sultan of Kedah is Sultan Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah.

 

Geography and Demographics

The state of Kedah covers over 9,000 square kilometres and is one of Malaysia’s border states – sharing an international boundary with the Songkhla and Yala provinces of Thailand. It also shares borders with the Malaysian states of Perlis to the north, Perak to the south, and Penang to the southwest. Its highest peak is Gunung Jerai, at 1,200 meters above sea level.

The 11 major districts in Kedah are Kota Setar, Baling, Kubang Pasu, Kuala Muda, Bandar Bharu, Kulim, Langkawi, Padang, Terap, Sik, Yan and Pendang. Its biggest cities are Sungai Petani and Alor Setar. Alor Setar, which is the state capital, is a vibrant city and epitomises the government’s industrialisation efforts in Kedah. Other major towns include Sungai Petani and Kulim on the mainland and Kuah on Langkawi Island.

The city of Alor Setar, the state capital of Kedah

The city of Alor Setar, the state capital of Kedah

According to data as recent as 2015, Kedah has a population of over two million people, making it the sixth most populous state in Malaysia. The population consists of three major ethnic groups – Malays (76%), Chinese (12.7%), and Indians (6.9%). The remaining 4.4% comprises primarily of non-Malaysians. About 77.2% of Kedahans are Muslims, while Buddhists and Hindus form 14.2% and 6.7% of the population respectively.

The major cities in Kedah, as well as their location and population, is summarised in the chart below:

Kedah Cities

 

Language

The official language of Malaysia is Bahasa Malaysia or Malay, and there are no fewer than 10 varieties spoken throughout Malaysia. The state of Kedah also has its own distinct variety of Malay known as Kedah Malay, which is widely spoken by the locals. In addition, Mandarin and other Chinese dialects are common among the Malaysian-Chinese of Kedah. Mandarin is also the language of instruction in Chinese vernacular schools. Visitors who may be more comfortable conversing in English have nothing to worry about – English is widely spoken in Kedah and, in fact, many Malaysians are conversant in English.

 

Economy

Dubbed Malaysia’s ‘rice bowl’, Kedah’s main source of income is agriculture. While mainland Kedah is chiefly responsible for Malaysia’s rice production, there are positive signs that the state government is attempting to diversify its economy into other areas. Kedah’s manufacturing industry is developing at an encouraging rate, with several industrial parks being built to sustain this growth. Another significant contributor to Kedah’s economy is the tourism industry, via numerous tourist attractions such as the world famous Langkawi Island.

Paddy farmers hard at work

Paddy farmers hard at work

 

Weather

Kedah is one of the coolest regions in Malaysia and enjoys a uniform temperature all year round between 21°C to 32°C. The weather can best be described as tropical, with high humidity particularly in the lowlands, which averages between 82-86% per annum. The best time to visit Kedah is from January to June when the weather is sunny and rainfall is low. The wet season runs from May to December and annual rainfall averages between 2,032mm to 2,540mm.

 

Places of Interest

 

1. Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum

The Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum serves as a reminder that Kedah was once a busy trading port and a bustling hub that propagated Hinduism and Buddhism in the region between the 3rd and 12th centuries. The archaeological site also gives visitors a glimpse of Bujang Valley’s historical past as the first port in Southeast Asia that functioned as an alternative route to the Silk Road that connected Chinese traders to the Far East by land.

Address: Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum, 08400 Pekan Merbok, Kedah
Phone: +604 457 2005
Website: jmm.gov.my/en/museum/lembah-bujang-archaeological-museum
Admission Fees: Free
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5.00 pm

Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum

The Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum is a reminder of the Hindu/Buddhist civilisation that once existed in Kedah.

 

2. Buddhist Hermitage Lunas

This Theravadan Buddhist meditation retreat centre in Lunas, Kedah is affiliated with the tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. The architecture of the hermitage has both Chinese and Thai influences. It was built in 1990 by a monk who was conversant in English and Hokkien, and is under the patronage of one of the wives of Soon Ah Lee, the founder of Lunas. Meditation courses are offered here with live-in facilities available for both monastics and lay people.

Address: Lot 297, Kampung Seberang Sungai, 09600 Lunas, Kedah.
Phone: +6012 428 4811
Website: buddhisthermitagelunas.blogspot.my

Buddhist Hermitage Lunas

The main entrance of Buddhist Hermitage Lunas. Image credit: placestomeditate.wordpress.com

 

3. Wat Kalai (Big Buddha Temple)

Wat Kalai is Kedah’s famous Big Buddha Siamese Temple, built more than 200 years ago by Prak Nikcrodthamadtada. Sitting majestically at 21 metres tall, the Phra Buddha statue at Wat Kalai is an architectural masterpiece. Easily the biggest of its kind in the state, the Phra Buddha sits in meditation pose on a lotus, and the four concrete walls of its base are adorned with 64 smaller Phra Buddha statues.

Address: Kg. Kalai, Mk. Jeneri, Jeniang, 08700 Gurun, Kedah.
Phone: +604 464 4243

Wat Kalai

One of the highlights of Wat Kalai is the 21-metre tall Phra Buddha statue

 

4. Gunung Jerai

Gunung Jerai (Mount Jerai) is Kedah’s highest peak towering 1,175 metres (3,854 feet) above sea level. This massive limestone mountain is believed to have previously been an island called Pulau Serai before the sea levels receded, resulting in what we know as Gunung Jerai today. During the time when Kedah was a major trading port, this mountain was a beacon for seafarers. Like all mountains, Gunung Jerai has its fair share of stories and myths.

Gunung Jerai

Gunung Jerai. Image credit: kedahkekl.blogspot.my

This sacred mountain used to be the kingdom of the infamous Raja Bersiong. According to Malay legend, Raja Bersiong was a king who developed a taste for human blood after his cook accidentally cut her finger and a drop of her blood fell into his food. In recent times, archaeologists have unearthed the ‘Temple of the Ninth Water Pool‘, believed to be the private pool of the bloodthirsty Raja Bersiong.

 

5. Air Terjun Puteri Mandi

Puteri Mandi Waterfall

Air Terjun Puteri Mandi, the most beautiful waterfall in Kedah

Hailed as the most beautiful waterfall in Kedah, Air Terjun Puteri Mandi (or Bathing Princess Waterfall) is located at the foot of Gunung Jerai, more specifically in Hutan Lipur Titi Hayun, which is a recreational forest in Yan, Kedah.

Some trekking is required to access the waterfall and depending on the trekker’s level of fitness, the trek can take as little as 40 minutes.

 

6. Wat Nikrodharam

Wat Nikrodharam is an important religious and architectural landmark in Kedah. This Siamese temple was built in 1968 with Thai and Chinese elements brilliantly fused together, and is decorated with images of nagas and garudas, Thai Buddhist icons, Chinese motifs and roof finials called lamyong. The main temple is in the centre of Jalan Telok Wanjah and Jalan Stadium.

Address: Wanjah, Jalan Stadium, 05200 Alor Setar, Kedah.
Phone: +604 731 1624

Wat Nikrodharam

Wat Nikrodharam is a Thai Buddhist temple infused with some Chinese elements, resulting in a stunning place of worship for local Buddhists and foreign visitors. Image credit: integratedinfo.com.my

 

7. Langkawi Geological Park

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On 1st June 2007, Langkawi Geopark was awarded the status of Global Geopark by UNESCO, making it the first UNESCO Geopark in Southeast Asia. According to UNESCO, this geopark was ‘endorsed for its natural beauty, ecological harmony and archaeological, geological and cultural significance.’ Noted for its stunning rock formations, lush tropical forests, natural mangroves, sea caves, caves with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, diverse wildlife and waterfalls, there is so much to explore at just this geopark alone.

There are over 90 geo-sites found in the Langkawi area but three notable ones make up the Langkawi Geopark, each with its own distinctive geological significance:

  1. Kilim Karst Geoforest Park
  2. Machinchang Cambrian Geoforest Park
  3. Dayang Bunting Marble Geoforest Park

Address: Kompleks LADA, Jalan Persiaran Putra, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Phone: +604 960 0600
Website: naturallylangkawi.my
Opening Hours:

  • Sunday to Wednesday: 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Thursday: 9.00am to 3.30pm
  • Friday and Saturday: Closed

 

8. Paddy Museum

The Paddy Museum is perhaps Kedah’s most symbolic tourist attraction as it embodies the country’s staple food – rice. The Paddy Museum is located near Gunung Keriang, also known as Crystal Mountain, and is Malaysia’s first Paddy Museum.

Paddy Museum

The Paddy Museum’s roof is inspired by harvested paddy stalks. Image credit: myphotojourney.co.uk

Its design is unique and one of the first things you’ll notice is how the rooftop is inspired by bushels of harvested rice stalks. You will also find rice-inspired designs in its gates, fences, walls, staircases, floors, and so forth.

Covering over 12,000 square metres over three floors, this museum showcases how rice is cultivated, displays different types of rice, and features tools and equipment used in rice cultivation throughout the ages.

Address: Lot 798 Jalan Gunung Keriang, 06570 Alor Setar, Kedah.
Phone: +604 735 1315
Opening Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm, closed from 12.30pm to 2.30pm on Fridays.
Admission Fees: RM3 (adults), RM1 (children aged 7 – 12), RM2 (cameras)

 

9. Pulau Payar Marine Park

Just an hour’s boat ride from Langkawi is the best marine park on Malaysia’s west coast. This pristine, uninhabited marine park consists of several islands, the largest of which is Pulau Payar.

Those who enjoy marine adventures will find Pulau Payar Marine Park worth a full day visit. Aside from fun activities like swimming, snorkelling, diving and boat rides, the Park also has an underwater observation chamber where visitors can get up close and personal with endangered marine creatures.

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Pulau Payar Marine Park comes highly recommended as this uninhabited island retains its natural beauty, on land and underwater.

Diving is one of the major activities visitors look forward to while at the Park, and the Coral Garden is one of the top dive spots. Before booking a dive or snorkel session, it is best to check with dive operators on visibility conditions as water clarity varies. The park also has facilities such as picnic tables, BBQ pits, gazebos and restrooms at strategic locations all over the island.

Phone: +604 966 7789/5271 (Langkawi Tourist Information Centre)
Website: naturallylangkawi.my/portfolio/pulau-payar-marine-park

 

10. Langkawi SkyCab

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One of the best ways to see Langkawi Island in all its glory is with a bird’s eye view from Langkawi SkyCab, the world’s steepest cable car ride. No matter how much you explore Langkawi Island by foot, boat or bike, there is nothing like viewing it from above — the scenery is simply mesmerising. As an added bonus, the cable car brings you right to the top of Gunung Machinchang, where the air is fresh and photo opportunities are aplenty.

Visitors can choose from normal gondolas that seat six to glass-bottomed and VIP gondolas. Glass-bottomed gondolas are not for the faint-hearted but if you are not afraid of heights, it is truly an exhilarating experience. The Langkawi SkyCab is closed for maintenance from 1st to 13th April each year. It is recommended to check the operating schedule ahead of time. Tickets for the Langkawi SkyCab also include admission to the SkyDome and SkyRex.

Address: Panorama Langkawi Cable Car Station, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Phone: +604 959 4225/1225
Website: panoramalangkawi.com

 

11. Langkawi SkyBridge

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Not to be missed is the World’s Longest Free Span and Curved Bridge, also known as the Langkawi SkyBridge. Spanning over 125 metres in length, the SkyBridge is 100 metres above ground level. Unlike a straight bridge, this curved bridge offers stunning views as the perspective changes as one walks along it. It is located at the top of Gunung Machinchang, only accessible via the Langkawi SkyCab.

Address: Panorama Langkawi Cable Car Station, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Phone: +604 959 4225/1225
Website: panoramalangkawi.com
Admission Fees: RM5 (Adults), RM3 (Children)

 

12. Temurun Waterfalls

With so many gorgeous beaches in Langkawi, not many know of the stunning waterfalls this island has to offer, such as the Temurun Falls. Located in Gunung Forest Reserve, northwest off the main island, this waterfall features a drop from a height of 200 meters. The best time to visit is during the rainy season at the end of the year when the waterfall is bursting with life. During the dry season, the waterfall is slow and shallow.

Temurun Waterfall

Temurun Waterfalls. Image credit: langkawi-info.com

 

13. Tasik Dayang Bunting

About 20 km from Kuah town is the legendary lake, Tasik Dayang Bunting. According to the legend, this freshwater lake was the favourite bathing pool of a beautiful celestial princess, Mambang Sari. A prince by the name of Mat Teja was so smitten by her beauty that he decided to marry her. However, the princess rejected his proposal.

Tasik Dayang Bunting

Tasik Dayang Bunting is located at Pulau Dayang Bunting. Image credit: danaubesar.com

Undaunted, Mat Teja then sought the advice of a local shaman who told him to wash his face with the tears of a mermaid princess. True to the shaman’s advice, after washing his face with the mermaid’s tears, Mambang Sari had a change of heart and they were both married. Their union resulted in a child but sadly, their baby did not live past seven days. The death of her beloved child left Mambang Sari broken hearted. The grieving distraught princess left her child’s body in the lake and returned to her heavenly home. Locals believe that any woman who wishes for a child will be endowed with one after bathing in this mystical lake.

 

14. Zahir Mosque

Zahir Mosque or Masjid Zahir in Malay is one of the oldest and grandest mosques in Malaysia. This state mosque was built in 1912 by the then ruler of Kedah, Sultan Muhammad Jiwa Zainal Abidin II, who was inspired by the Azizi Mosque in Northern Sumatra. This iconic landmark has five black domes symbolising The Five Pillars of Islam – Shahada (faith), Salat (prayer), Zakat (charity), Sawm (fasting) and Haj (pilgrimage to Mecca).

Zahir Mosque was voted one of the “Top 30 Most Beautiful Mosques in the World” and is also the venue of the annual Quran reading competition.

Address: Jalan Kampung Perak, Bandar Alor Setar, 05150 Alor Setar, Kedah.
Phone: +604 733 3288

Zahir Mosque

Zahir Mosque is one of the top 30 most beautiful mosques in the world. Image credit: english.astroawani.com

 

15. Wat Charok Padang

Wat Charok Padang

Wat Charok Padang’s iconic 9-metre-tall “bottle”. Image credit: cforum1.cari.com.my

Built in 1999, this unique Thai temple in Sik, Kedah holds the record for being the first glass bottle Buddhist temple in Malaysia. Inspired by the Temple of Million Bottles in Sisaket, Thailand, Wat Charok Padang is made from 100,000 recycled glass bottles. People of all races from the nearby villages helped to build this temple by donating their unused bottles.

Within the temple compound is its iconic 9-metre tall glass bottle with a special area at its base that can fit one car. Cars are driven through this giant glass bottle in a ritual to “wash away all bad luck”. The temple also has 92 bells that are used during prayers and rituals.

Address: Kampung Charok Padang, 08210 Sik, Kedah
Phone: +604-469 5616

 

16. Mahsuri’s Tomb

Kedah’s Langkawi Island is particularly fascinating due to its rich history and many legends. One of the most popular legends is that of Mahsuri, who lived during the time of the Siamese invasion of Kedah. This stunning beauty was the object of much admiration; however, many were also jealous of her beauty and grace including her own mother-in-law, who accused her of adultery when Mahsuri’s husband, Wan Darus, was away battling the Siamese invaders.

Mahsuri defended her innocence but was “found guilty” by the villagers who tied her to a stake. She was then given a death sentence. However, strangely, none of the spears, knives or daggers could pierce her body. Mahsuri finally revealed that she could only be killed by her family’s heirloom keris or Malay ceremonial dagger. When her family’s keris pierced her body, white blood flowed from her wounds, indicating that she was indeed innocent.

Mahsuri’s Tomb

Mahsuri’s Tomb is one of the hottest tourist destinations in Langkawi due to the legend of Mahsuri. Image credit: langkawi-info.com

With her dying breath, Mahsuri cursed Langkawi — it would be plagued by misfortune for seven generations. True enough, after her death, Langkawi was invaded by the Siamese and to prevent the invaders from advancing, the islanders burnt their rice fields to the ground and poisoned their wells. To this day, visitors to Padang Masirat can still see traces of burnt rice especially after heavy rainfall.

Locals believe that if you dip your hand into the well that is within the vicinity of Mahsuri’s Tomb or Makam Mahsuri, you too will be blessed with great beauty.

Address: Kampung Mawat, Mukim Ulu Melaka, Langkawi, Kedah.
Opening Hours: 8.00am to 6.00pm

 

17. Langkawi Mangroves

A trip to Langkawi Mangroves is truly special. Visitors don’t just get to sight-see, but will also learn more about the forest mangrove. The mangrove forest covers an area of 1310 hectares and extends to the riverbanks. The scenery is some of the best you’ll come across in Kedah. If you travel with children, this is an excellent educational yet fun opportunity. The young ones will get to experience the ecosystem first hand and gain useful knowledge to take back home.

Mangroves

Help Langkawi Mangroves thrive by signing up for a tree planting activity like this one.

 

18. Wat Koh Wanararm

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Wat Koh Wanararm’s large outdoor Guan Yin is carved out of the limestone hill behind the temple. Image credit: travel2langkawi.wordpress.com

Located outside Kuah town in Langkawi is Wat Koh Wanararm, famed for its large statue of Guan Yin (the Goddess of Mercy or Chenrezig to Tibetan Buddhists), carved out of the limestone mountain behind this Siamese temple.

There are eight stupas within the temple grounds with names such as Stupa of Many Doors, Stupa of Enlightenment and so forth. Visitors can also relax in the landscaped garden with its pagodas, prayer wheels, fishpond and Buddha statues.

This temple is also commonly known as Luang Por Khun or Luang Phor Khoon temple, named after its founder, a famous Thai monk.

Address: Bukit Putih – Jalan Air Hangat, Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah.
Phone: +604 967 1917

 

19. Atma Alam Batik Art Village

Batik

Batik painting workshops are popular with visitors. Make sure you book ahead. Image credit: atmaalam.com

Located near Padang Masirat, Atma Alam Batik Art Village is the birthplace of Langkawi’s handmade batik. Founded by Aza Osman and Roshadah Yusof, this is the original batik village featuring a batik workshop, showroom, art gallery and handicraft section with high quality local products at affordable prices.

Endorsed by the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage, this is a good place for visitors to experience firsthand what batik is all about. Individuals and groups who would like to try their hand at batik painting can make an appointment with the management.

Address: Padang Mat Sirat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah.
Phone: +6019 387 1227
Website: atmaalam.com
Opening hours: 10.00am to 6.00pm daily

 

20. Tanjung Rhu Beach

No visit to Kedah is complete without a visit to the beach. While Pantai Cenang (Cenang Beach) is the most popular on Langkawi Island, Tanjung Rhu is the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday away from the crowds. Located northeast of Langkawi, Tanjung Rhu is secluded and offers powder-fine sandy beaches and shallow emerald waters which are great for swimming. Known for its stunning sunsets, Tanjung Rhu is also hailed as one of the most romantic beaches in Malaysia.

Website: langkawi-online.com/tanjung-rhu-beach-langkawi

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With sunsets as spectacular as this one, it is no wonder that Tanjung Rhu is rated as one of the most romantic beaches in Malaysia. Image credit: livingnomads.com

 

Must-Try Kedah Delicacies

The cultural diversity of Malaysia means that visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to local cuisine. Food is an important part of what makes Kedah different from any other state in Malaysia. So what better way to taste Kedah culture than through its local delicacies?

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Apart from traditional Kedah treats, you’ll also find multicultural cuisines including Thai, Chinese, Indian and Japanese dishes served in Kedah’s numerous hotels and restaurants. The ubiquitous Tom Yam Soup is particularly popular since Kedah is so close to the Thai border. Sushi and dim sum are also popular choices with visitors and you can even find Italian and German dishes served in restaurants across Kedah.

 

Laksa Kedah

For a region so connected with rice, it is no surprise that rice is the principal food in Kedah. But variety is the spice of life and so the Laksa Utara is a dish of rice noodles heavily flavoured with fish and spices, with cucumber and onion garnishes and topped with local herbs such as daun kesum and sour asam (tamarind). What makes this dish particularly special is the fresh mackerel from the fishing villages along the coast of Kedah.

Laksa Kedah

Laksa Kedah is essentially rice noodles served with spicy broth made with spices and fish. Image credit: enyabdullah.com.

 

Nasi Ulam

Another delicacy not to be missed is Nasi Ulam. This special rice dish is typically served during the fasting month of Ramadan. It is made from cold steamed rice mixed with thinly sliced fresh raw herbs, bird’s eye chillies, shallots, lemongrass, dried shrimp and cucumber. The herbs used to flavour this dish include ginger flowers, turmeric leaves, kaffir lime leaves, mint and basil. It is usually served with a gravy made with lime juice and palm sugar.

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Nasi Ulam is a healthy rice salad made from many different types of fresh raw vegetables and herbs. Image credit: mediasosialkini.blogspot.my

 

Pulut Inti

Yet another rice delicacy is Pulut Inti which is made from glutinous rice. The sweet and sticky rice is usually paired with mango, durian or banana. However, there is also a savoury version of Pulut Inti which is eaten with sambal or chilli sauce.

Pulut Inti

Savoury Pulut Inti with sambal. Image credit: enyabdullah.com

 

Kuih Karas

Made from rice, flour, coconut cream and sugar, Kuih Karas is a favourite dessert of Kedahans. This crispy confection is available at markets or food stalls throughout the state and is best savoured with a cup of local coffee.

Kuih Karas

Kuih Karas is a crispy sweet dessert that is easily available in Kedah. Image credit: kedaikampong.blogspot.my

 

Fried Porridge

Known as “char moay” in the Hokkien dialect, this flavourful savoury porridge is made with many ingredients including minced meat, cuttlefish, prawns, salted meat, dark soy sauce and garnished with spring onions. This dark brown congee may not be the most visually appealing dish but those who have tasted it find it so flavourful that they have no trouble going back for seconds.

Fried Porridge

Fried Porridge may not be visually appealing but definitely makes up for it in the flavour department. Image credit: nuttyeve9.blogspot.my

 

Gulai Nangka

This unique local delicacy is actually young jackfruit cooked in a spiced coconut milk gravy flavoured with chillies, shallots, turmeric and lemongrass. It is best eaten with steamed rice and a side of sambal.

Gulai Nangka

This unique dish made from young jackfruit simmered in spiced coconut gravy is a favourite of Kedahans. Image credit: csuraya.blogspot.my

 

References

  • http://www.malaysia.travel/
  • https://naturallylangkawi.my/
  • https://integratedinfo.com.my/places-of-worship-kedah/
  • http://www.langkawi-info.com/
  • http://www.wonderfulmalaysia.com/
  • http://www.atmaalam.com/
  • http://www.panoramalangkawi.com/

 

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  1. sarassitham on Jun 11, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Thank you for the interesting article and deep discovering of the beautiful mother nature of Kedah. Besides the historical site, the largest producer of rice in Malaysia, Kedah is a land of peace and tranquility.

    The wonderful Kedah holds the most famous attractions in Langkawi Island, the sandy beaches to green forest parks and virgin rainforest on highlands. Kedah too is a great place for a good taste of northern Malaysian culture and the best relaxing vacation destination for nature lovers and the family.

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  2. S.Prathap on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Interesting and nice write up about Kedah .There is no gainsaying that Langkawi is leading destination.However there is much more to Kedah than the legendary island.

    There are a lot of places that we can visit like Buddhist Hermitage Lunas, Bujang Valley Archaeological Museum,Gunung Jerai and many more.This article will help us to plan a wonderful holiday to Kedah.

    Thanks for the article.

  3. Sofi on Sep 14, 2018 at 3:03 am

    Thank you Sharon for this informative article on Kedah. As with many (I think), we transited Mainland Kedah on our way to Langkawi island. While waiting for the ferry boat to Pulau Langkawi, we grabbed a bite at the road side wooden stalls. The rice with lemak was delicious. I must say Kedah looks so lovely when the padi fields were filled with green rice stalks, seas of emerald green. Pulau Langkawi was, of course our destination and it was a slow ferry ride across the straits. On the island, we visited the many places mentioned here. Nostalgia… ?I do love the Kuan Yin carved into the limestone. So beautifully regal.

  4. Wai Meng Wan on Aug 27, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Really liked that they built a Buddhist temple using glass bottles. Glass is one of those items that can be recycled hundreds of times. The abundance of silica found in sand and the cheapness of how glass can be made is an advantage and a curse as well. Due to glass not fetching much money, and no legislation to force people to recycle glass and plastic, many people dump glass all over. I was in Langkawi almost 20 years ago, then all were students who just completed our A levels.

  5. Pastor Adeline on Jul 28, 2018 at 2:37 am

    Nice short video of a new LED signage reminding us of who we can go to for blessings in case of need: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBwrkaKUoH0

  6. Joy Kam on Jul 26, 2018 at 2:16 am

    Listening to the chanting of sacred words, melodies, mantras, sutras and prayers has a very powerful healing effect on our outer and inner environments. It clears the chakras, spiritual toxins, the paths where our ‘chi’ travels within our bodies for health as well as for clearing the mind. It is soothing and relaxing but at the same time invigorates us with positive energy. The sacred sounds invite positive beings to inhabit our environment, expels negative beings and brings the sound of growth to the land, animals, water and plants. Sacred chants bless all living beings on our land as well as inanimate objects. Do download and play while in traffic to relax, when you are about to sleep, during meditation, during stress or just anytime. Great to play for animals and children. Share with friends the blessing of a full Dorje Shugden puja performed at Kechara Forest Retreat by our puja department for the benefit of others. Tsem Rinpoche

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  7. Samfoonheei on Jul 17, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Great post for many to have a better understanding of our own Malaysian land…..state of Kedah. Many of us are not aware of the beauty of Kedah. I have been twice there yet still could not cover all corners as it is a vast State. Yes ..its definitely a place to visit this ‘ Rice bowl of Malaysia’ which was sometimes called. Visited the mainland and Langkawi Island which has plenty to offer to locals as well as foreigner. The many places of interests are fantastic which has a historical stories and legends behind it. I have visited those common places like … Paddy Museum, Pulau Payar Marine Park, Tasik Dayang Bunting , Mahsuri’s Tomb and so forth to name a few.
    Visitors to Kedah must try their delicacies which are different from those other states of Malaysia.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon Ong for this sharing .

  8. Anne Ong on Jul 15, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Interesting article on Kedah. Love knowing more about the historical sites ,cultural and traditional foods which i wish to have a chance to try them out. Didn’t know Kedah is so beautiful and interesting. Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon for this great write up???

  9. Alice Tay on Jul 13, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    This post brought me back to my days in the university’s time. During 3 years studied in Kedah, I have tried all the foods as stated in the post except fried porridge. At that time, most of my friends are Malays (born in Kedah) and therefore the Buddhism temples such as Buddhist Hermitage Lunas, Wat Kalai etc. are not in our list for visit.

    Thank you Rinpoche and Sharon sharing this interesting post of Kedah. Hope I get the chance to visit Kedah again especially Wat Kalai that built more than 200 years ago by Prak Nikcrodthamadtada.

  10. Lin Mun on Jul 8, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Interesting article on Kedah. I only know Kedah as the state in Malaysia that produce most rice and that’s all. Never thought that Kedah is the oldest civilisation in the whole of Southeast Asia and has close relationship on the Hinduism and Buddhism grow in that state.

    Interesting to learn that there are so many Buddhism temples around and some with Thai Buddhism influence. Thank you Sharon for sharing this article.

    • Sharon Ong on Jul 9, 2018 at 12:53 am

      Hi, Lin Mun

      I didn’t know that there were so many beautiful temples before this. I find the Wat Charok Padang, made from bottles really unique and interesting. 🙂

  11. Asyley chia on Jul 8, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    Kedah is a paddy started and full of green state
    Thank you Sharon for the beautiful interested information.

    • Sharon Ong on Jul 9, 2018 at 12:49 am

      Hi, Asyley

      Kedah has some really interesting food too! 😉

  12. Datuk May on Jul 8, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Sharon, it is also interesting to note that 2 of Malaysia’s prime ministers hail from Kedah. They are:

    The founding father of Malaysia and first prime minister, Tengku Abdul Rahman and our 4th and 7th Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir. Hope I am correct.

    Thank you for such a informative and interesting read.

    • Sharon Ong on Jul 9, 2018 at 12:48 am

      Hi, Datuk May

      You are right! Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Tun M are both Kedahans. Thank you for penning your comments. Really appreciate it! 🙂

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  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 24. 2021 01:30 PM
    Well even it an old post, yet reading it with interest how much Sharon and Susan cares for their furry friends. A very good example for friends to follow. Yes I have heard many doggie ran out , feeling excited and lost their way home. Building such a place will definitely comfortable for the doggie to go freely….more spacious. I feel sorry for doggie attached to a chain. Animals have no voice , they can’t ask for help, they can’t ask for freedom and can’t ask for protection. Humanity must be their voice.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/compassionate-doggie-fence.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 24. 2021 01:29 PM
    Togden Yanga Rinpoche is a highly-regarded Drikung kagyu Yamantaka Master. Inspiring …..Yanga Rinpoche entered in to Yamantaka retreat practice for the life. Amazing he even master the Yamantaka practice and accumulated over 1.3 billion Yamantaka mantras. He spent his life achieving liberation and enlightenment, meditating in a cave for life. Here we have Kechara Forest Retreat such a peaceful place for retreat, we have Rinpoche to thanks for . May more people coming to this beautiful place for retreat.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/yanga-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Sunday, Oct 24. 2021 01:28 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing what it means to be spiritual . A well explanation and easy understanding for everyone of us.
    Everyone of us came to learning Dharma at centre for a reason. To me learning , practicing Dharma is something I wanted to do since retirement. From nothing and someone like me who knew nothing , learning from scratch get to learn and practice Dharma is indeed blessing. I wanted to make use of my finally journey meaningfully. We came to this world with nothing hence we leave with nothing. Life is ironic. Time is short though yet I am glad coming into dharma….gave me a peaceful mind especially in recitation of mantras, learning to let go of things, attachments and so forth. We are fortunate to have meet Rinpoche who cares more for us than himself. That’s truly a teacher. Reading those articles in the blogs have me learn a tiny fragment of what is like to be spiritual.
    Thank you Rinpoche again with folded hands.
    Well said by Rinpoche ….There is no such thing as you are ready or not to do dharma intensely or seriously. As long as you are in samsara and enduring birth, sickness, old age and death, YOU ARE MORE THAN READY.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/students-friends/for-those-who-seek-spirituality.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 23. 2021 01:05 PM
    Inspiring Master Xuyun or Hsu Yun a renowned Chinese Chan Buddhist master was one of the most influential Buddhist teachers of the 19th and 20th centuries. An extraordinary Buddhist Master had gone through countless hardships and illnesses yet continue tirelessly worked as a bodhisattva, giving teachings, explaining sutras and even restoring old temples. Going through all the hardships did not stop him from his Dharma endeavours. He had successfully revitalised the Chinese Buddhist teachings, and had since benefitted many. Master Xuyun has spent his whole life devoted to the Dharma. He lived into his 120th year, and his life spanned two centuries and three dynasties. Interesting read of a bodhisattva.
    Thank you Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline for this inspiring sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/empty-cloud.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 23. 2021 01:04 PM
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing all about the special Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Oracle Statue. Looking at those beautiful pictures paints a thousands words and it’s a blessing . Dorje Shugden oracle statue is the first of its kind in the world where it enshrined in the Wisdom Hall Audience Room, at Kechara Forest Retreat in Malaysia. We are fortunate to have this Dorje Shugden oracle statue , all thanks to our guru Tsem Rinpoche. We rely on the tradition of oracles to receive blessings and advices.
    Oracles are called upon as protectors, healers and predictors of the future, have played an important role in Tibetan culture. For hundreds of years, Tibetans have consulted the Nechung Oracle, the State Oracle, during Losar, the lunar new year celebration. It was the oracle who had saved Dalai Lama , leaving Tibet to India during the Chinese invasion in 1959.
    Thanks again Rinpoche with folded hands, having this special Dharma Protector Dorje Shugden Oracle Statue which allow us and everyone to be connected and generate merits.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/unique-dorje-shugden-oracle-statue-in-kechara-forest-retreat.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 23. 2021 01:02 PM
    Very precious video clips of the Powerful oracle by Choyang Duldzin Kuten. He was the official oracle of Gaden Monastery and a layman. He took trance of various powerful Dharma Protectors and in the videos he took trance of both the peaceful and wrathful forms of Dorje Shugden. When Dorje Shugden takes trance, those who were there will receive blessing and advice from Dorje Shugden. Even makes prayers for everyone to achieve Bodhicitta. That’s wonderful…a rare video indeed.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing. I have yet to see one but hope in future and have enough merits to see it.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/dorje-shugden-taking-trance-in-peaceful-form.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 20. 2021 04:13 PM
    Most Venerable Zasep Tulku Rinpoche born in the eastern province of Kham, Tibet. Rinpoche was recognized as 13th incarnation of Lama Chubdak by high lamas of the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug traditions. Rinpoche’s life has been eventful receiving many teachings from a long line of illustrious of legendary teachers and great lamas in Tibet prior to the Chinese invasion.
    Venerable Zasep Rinpoche is the last of his generation of incarnate lamas and in his book A Tulku’s Journey from Tibet to Canada of tells us a first-hand account of life. A beautiful book to have and interesting read. In his autobiography he spoke of the importance for the preservation of the Gelug lineage and Tibetan Buddhism as a whole. Rinpoche has spends countless hours giving teachings to many around the world. Many of them has benefited from his profound teachings .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing of a great Lama.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/zasep-rinpoche-speaks-plainly-about-dorje-shugden.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 20. 2021 04:12 PM
    The Third Trijang Rinpoche, Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso (1901–1981) was a Gelugpa Lama and a direct disciple of Pabongkhapa Dechen Nyingpo. HE Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche .succeeded Ling Rinpoche as the junior tutor of the 14th Dalai Lama when the Dalai Lama was nineteen years old. He also composed chants for spiritual practices and ceremonies and scores for their music for use by Ganden Shartse monastery. He received many teachings and empowerments from his root Guru Pabongkhapa . He even travelled extensively giving extensive teachings on Lamrim and initiations at many Gelugpa places all over Tibet. He also taught at Sakyapa and Nyingmapa Centers at their request. And ordained hundreds of young monks along those teachings. The teachings of the Lamrim that he taught were simply extraordinary and everyone left the teaching a better person. Thousands were inspired by the blessing would definitely guide and sustain each one throughout the rest of their lives.
    Inspiring indeed H.E Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche was also a poet and a writer who left behind his complete works in seven volumes, written in a style of rare elegance. Interesting read .
    Thank you Rinpoche for this inspiring sharing of Tibet’s Teacher of Teachers H E Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche’s Autobiography.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/books-poetry/tibets-teacher-of-teachers-reading-kyabje-trijang-rinpoches-autobiography.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Oct 20. 2021 04:11 PM
    Inspiring read of a courage Lama His Eminence Gyara Rinpoche spoke about Dorje Shugden openly and giving Dorje Shugden initiation to thousands at Yading, Daocheng County of Sichuan Province, China. Yading, Daocheng Ling Monastery, also known as Shugden Monastery. The monumental hall at the monastery was built specifically in order to spread and preserve the Pure Je Tsongkhapa Tradition and pure Buddha Dharma in General. An erudite scholar,Gyara Rinpoche received many teachings, instructions, initiations, commentaries and empowerments of both Sutra and Tantra from his main teacher, H E Kyabje Dagom Rinpoche. He also studied under many other highly accomplished masters. Carrying on the tradition of spreading Dorje Shugden’s practice, he travelled extensively giving teachings and explaining about the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice. Thousands of practitioners were at Yading, Daocheng Ling Monastery listening to his teachings, initiation and so forth. He has been spreading the Dorje Shugden practices to many Tibetans in Tibet during difficult times when there is still a ban of Dorje Shugden. Interesting read.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/great-lamas-masters/gyara-rinpoche-gives-dorje-shugden-sogtae.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:43 PM
    The film Faces of Death shows nothing is more precious than being in the present moment, fully alive , fully aware . We won’t know what happening next. Death is a significant and inevitable part of life. Death teaches us that life is impermanent. There is no escape from death. We are all going to die some day. It doesn’t matter whether we are rich or poor, successful or ordinary, evil or good, we are going to die one day. Death refers to the end of life, we all go through this sad occurrence, and it is unavoidable. We have to accept death, but for as long as we are alive, we should live our life to the fullest meaningfully and make sure to enjoy it. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So we should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Nothing is permanent in this world. Life’s impermanence.
    Buddhism emphasizes the importance of accepting the impermanence of life. Some scenes in the video appear quite gruesome, not to me as I have seen real ones as I been working and assisting surgeon in open surgeries before. Have seen thousands of births and many deaths occur while working . Life’s impermanence, I realised is what makes every single time and hour so precious. Its what shapes us our time and what makes it so important than not a single moment be wasted. We should not cling on to our body and our self-cherishing mind. It takes facing death to appreciate life and each other fully people die remains in the memory of those who live on. Everything must have its beginning and must have ending. We never know how much we really believe anything until its truth becomes a matter of life and death to us. The source of human suffering and discontent is that we crave and cling to the things of this world. Human life is brief, nothing does. Our hair , teeth fall our bodies decline and decay. Watching this documentary film is indeed powerful, truthful and tells us more, Life is certain , death is uncertain , I am glad to have across Rinpoche ‘s blog learning and practicing dharma . I have immersed myself in learning more and accepting that life is finite. All that exists is impermanent, nothing lasts. Therefore nothing can be grasped onto. Awareness of impermanence and appreciation of our human potential will give us a sense of urgency that we must use every precious moment. Profound teachings reading those comments.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this precious sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/film-tv-music/faces-of-death-movie-review.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:37 PM
    Wow …interesting read . You would not believe this . A boy named, Jacob Barnett was 2 years old when he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism by doctors. It seem this boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities. At the age 3 he is able to able to solve 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. They were wrong this child turned to be a math whiz heralded as a boy genius whose passion and mastery of physics impressed experts later . At age nine, while playing with shapes, he built a series of mathematical models. That’s fantastic and shock his parents. He even demonstrated how he imagined numbers as shapes. Jacob enrolled in university at age 12, and he even published his first physics paper. He is considered as one of the world’s most promising physicists and the youngest researcher to ever be accepted in the Institute for Theoretical Physics.
    Jacob Barnett is indeed another proof of reincarnation, I do believe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting post.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/another-proof-of-reincarnation.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Saturday, Oct 16. 2021 03:35 PM
    Back in 2015, Kechara had the privilege and great merits to witness an auspicious trance in Wisdom Hall at Kechara Forest Retreat. Those who were there witnessed a rare event where Dharma protector Dorje Shugden taken full trance of his official Panglung Oracle. Kechara has been very honoured and blessed that Dorje Shugden took trance of the Protector Dorje Shugden via the 7th Panglung Oracle or Chojela, an authentic and genuine oracle of Dorje Shugden . Wow all of the prayers, offerings, invocations, ritual instruments and recitations were all performed by Kecharians. They really did a good job. Rejoice. I not in Kechara yet back then , would hope one day Chojela will be taking trance again in the near furture.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing with beautiful pictures that tell us all.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/dorje-shugden/700-meet-a-buddha.html
  • Sarassitham
    Wednesday, Oct 13. 2021 06:08 PM
    This is an amazing and extremely inspiring story of a young brave woman who was willing to help and save many innocent children, in spite of her own personal danger. She did not give up easily and would find a solution to problems. She took great courage to take a stand against oppression, and facing a great wrong of those holding power.

    Though she lost her father at an early age, his dedication to others and his last words made a deep impression on her. Her kindness and compassion won many heart.
    She was recognized as a heroine during the holocaust and made history of winning many internationally awards and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Thank you for the wonderful sharing, May God blessed her wonderful soul.

    https://bit.ly/3AwsEhy
  • Sarassitham
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 08:37 PM
    Wow ..that’s scary and shocking. Can’t deny the fact that human are indeed the most terrifying species in the world. Unlike every other species on this list the vast majority of human killings are intentional, showing that appreciation of life needs to drastically improve.

    Most of these animals are now facing extinction or nearing extinction due to man’s greediness. The rush towards wealth has out weight and causes this issue which we don’t realize now that it may belongs to one of our losses.

    We should appreciate all living creature and hope that more people will be more compassionate and aware on our ecology.

    https://bit.ly/3BLZzzS
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Oct 12. 2021 12:58 PM
    Beautiful story of Tsem Rinpoche’s mother . Thank you, Rinpoche for sharing those precious picture of Rinpoche’s mother. Looking at those pictures tell us she is indeed beautiful


    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/i-like-this-picture-of-my-mother.html

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Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
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Very powerful story! Tibetan Resistance group Chushi Gangdruk reveals how Dalai Lama escaped in 1959- https://bit.ly/2S9VMGX
At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat's land here in Malaysia
Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Most Venerable Uppalavanna – The Chief Female Disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni - She exhibited many supernatural abilities gained from meditation and proved to the world females and males are equal in spirituality- https://bit.ly/31d9Rat
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Thailand’s ‘Renegade’ Yet Powerful Buddhist Nuns~ https://bit.ly/2Z1C02m
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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The Largest Buddha Shakyamuni in Russia | 俄罗斯最大的释迦牟尼佛画像- https://bit.ly/2Wpclni
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Sacred Vajra Yogini
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Dorje Shugden works & archives - a labour of commitment - https://bit.ly/30Tp2p8
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
2 years ago
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
2 years ago
This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche

Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
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Find one of the most beautiful temples in the world in Nara, Japan. It is the 1,267 year old Todai-ji temple that houses a 15 meter Buddha Vairocana statue who is a cosmic and timeless Buddha. Emperor Shomu who sponsored this beautiful temple eventually abdicated and ordained as a Buddhist monk. Very interesting history and story. One of the places everyone should visit- https://bit.ly/2VgsHhK
Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Manjusri Kumara (bodhisattva of wisdom), India, Pala dynesty, 9th century, stone, Honolulu Academy of Arts
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
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Mark your calendars - we are about to embark on an epic ride! Kechara Food Bank will be travelling across the Peninsular in our giant truck to send dry food to over 2300 families. Thank you Volvo Trucks Malaysia for your generous donation of this custom-designed truck. What’s more – PPB Group Bhd is generously donating the food provision for this one-of-a-kind journey. Thank you on behalf of our grateful beneficiaries! Want to see all of this in action? Join us live or watch the videos and photos on our social media. Stay tuned!
Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Underprivileged residents of two PPRs in Kuala Lumpur recently received a total of 427kg from our longterm surplus produce sponsor, Lotuss Stores (formerly Tesco Stores). The 65 families are our regular beneficiaries, and are grateful to receive fresh vegetables on a consistent basis right at their doorstep. One of our recipients, Rajeswari, 52, single mother of 2 children, shared that she stopped receiving welfare aid due to unforeseen circumstances. Her words: "Saya cakap untuk Kechara [Soup Kitchen] banyak terima kasih sebab kasi makanan. Dan lebih mau tolong orang lain yang susah seperti saya". Our heartfelt thank-you goes to Lotuss Stores for being a dependable source of food aid and for #helpingthepoor with us. #kecharafoodbank #makingadifference #kitajagakita #charity #foodbank #bantuan #ngomalaysia #givingback #strongertogether - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
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Pastor Shin winning some mystery gifts for being the 1st person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog chat quiz. Blog chat is a fun way to learn the Dharma. To find out more, check out > tsemrinpoche.com/chat. Joy - Moderator
Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
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Here is Pastor Antoinette who won some mystery gifts for being the 2nd person to answer a BONUS question during last Sunday's Blog Chat quiz/discussion. To find out more check out our blog chat section for our weekly topic! Joy - Moderator
#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#KFBBentong: Ready for some exciting news? We are now at RM154,523.94 - surpassing the funds required for our Pahang food bank operations! Thank you to all who kindly donated, we are deeply moved by your care and generosity towards the less fortunate struggling in our midst. To make our shared goal to continue #helpingthepoor a reality, we are now eagerly looking for suitable premises in Bentong. We will update soon on our progress, so stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #foodaid #bantuan #kitajagakita #hungerknowsnobarriers #endhunger #charity #ngomalaysia #Pahang - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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#kecharafoodbank: In collaboration with Good Shepherd Services (GSS) based in Ipoh, we travelled to Buntong with food rations for 33 families. Some of the food items given include rice, noodles, cooking oil and biscuits; in total, we gave 726kg of food to these beneficiaries from the underprivileged class. We are glad to have been able to contribute, especially to families with children and in poor living conditions. We wish to thank GSS for alerting us about those in need, and we look forward to extending more support in the future together with this not-for-profit organization doing good work. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
8 months ago
In an urgent effort to provide food and necessities to the poverty-stricken in Bentong and rural areas of Pahang, we are launching Food Bank Bentong. With your support, Food Bank Bentong would be able to feed 500 families totaling 2,300 people on a regular basis, giving them a chance to enjoy a basic sense of security we consider a human right. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
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Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class - KSDS Jayce Goh
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
9 months ago
Re: Kechara Sunday Dharma School Online Teaching Every Sunday Morning 11am class, students attend Pastor Shin Class happily - KSDS Jayce Goh
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Update on Empowerment cookies, special holiday packaging. The bakers are most grateful for the overwhelming support of 834 tubs ordered, with a big order of 314 tubs from a group of friends. Thank you to those cookie lovers who couldn’t get enough of it. Watch out for the next update. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
Thank you, generous and kind donors, made possible by Alice Smith School's Official Site through their Build Kindness Campaign. The whooping amount of RM63,000 will provide much needed food to 25 poor families for the next 12 months. On behalf of these families, thank you! Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
10 months ago
The global pandemic hasn't been easy for all of us. Some find it diffucult to find a job to support the family. Despite that, we are still delivering basic food pack to our recipients nationwide. Thank you to our volunteers, donors, and sponsors. Without your support, we would be unable to reach out to many families. Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Thanks to Yap Optometry for gifting Robert a new pair of glasses to see better. We wish him many clear and bright days ahead. Thank you to all sponsors. - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
Donation received to date: RM33,468.00 Yes! We've achieved the target for the #TamanNegara project. Fundraising is closed for this project. Thank you to all donors, 113 Orang Asli families will benefit from it. Stay tuned! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
11 months ago
FRESHLY BAKED by Kechara Empowerment trainees - Chocolate Chip Butter Cookies - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
11 months ago
In memory of Wilson Lee, one of our most dedicated volunteers in Penang. Our heartfelt condolences to Wilson's wife, Tze Ling, family and friends. Our thoughts are with them for their loss. Thank you for your kindness and service to KSK Penang. From all of us in KSK.
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Last weekend a Soup Kitchen activities @ Penang, Johor & Kuala Lumpur. Hot food, water, masks, biscuits, buns & fruits. This is what we give out to our friends living on the streets. Thank you to our sponsor & volunteers that make it happen. Come spread more love by being a volunteer at our activities. WhatsApp us today at 010-333-3260! See you soon! #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
1 years ago
Kechara Earth Project 13/9/2020
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
1 years ago
Thank you Domino's Pizza Malaysia, Kasih & Piza campaign for sponsoring 85 boxes of pizza to our friends who live on the streets. Your flavourful pizzas have put a smile on their faces. Thank you! - Vivan @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #KasihdanPiza #ItsAllAboutYou
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families  ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
1 years ago
Thank you Novo Nordisk! Your kind monetary donation and 1,320 boxes of masks will benefit many needy families under the Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #novonordisk #novonordiskmalaysia
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
1 years ago
We were graced with the presence of Tengku Zatashah & The Alice Smith School Foundation yesterday. 130 homeless were blessed to be served by them. RM 20,000 donated by Alice Smith School Foundation will benefit 100 families registered under Kechara Food Bank Program. Thank you! Much love from the needy families ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen #kecharafoodbank #kecharaempowerment #kecharasoupkitchen #alicesmithschoolfoundation #alicesmithschool #volunteerism #homeless
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
1 years ago
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
1 years ago
Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 2 virtual class, Lin Mun KSDS
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
1 years ago
KSDS Level 3 virtual class. Lin Mun KSDS
Wesak 2020
1 years ago
Wesak 2020
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
2 yearss ago
Recycle today for a better tomorrow. KEP-Serena
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
2 yearss ago
Today we are having recycling at Kechara Soup Kitchen. Do drop by here if you would like to get ride of the recyclable items from home. KEP - Serena
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
2 yearss ago
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
2 yearss ago
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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