Afire broke out at the Kek Lok Si Temple in Air Itam, Penang, early this morning, destroying 70% of the building involved, reports say.
A spokesman from the Paya Terubong fire and rescue department said they received a call at 2.56am informing them that the structure was on fire.
“The fire involved a shrine at the top of the hill,” he was reported as saying by Astro Awani, adding that an estimated 70% of the building had been destroyed.
No injuries were reported.
The 130-year-old Kek Lok Si Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the country and a popular tourist spot in Penang.
The complex was built from 1890 to 1930.