Wat ChayamangkalaramCurrently Open [Closes at 05:30 pm]
- Address: 24 Lorong Burma, Georgetown, 10250 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, Penang Hill
- Timings: 06:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Phone: +60-164105115
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Statue, Tourist Center, Family And Kids
Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram is a Thai Buddhist temple in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, most notable for its Reclining Buddha statue. The statue is the 3rd largest of its kind, being 33 meters in length.
In the main shrine in front of the Reclining Buddha there are smaller shrines of different Buddhas and popular Thai deities. Also on the temple grounds many colored statues of Devas and other mythical creatures are on display.
The temple was built in 1845 on a piece of land given by Queen Victoria to four women trustees as a gesture of goodwill to boost trading relations with Thailand.
The first monk was a Theravada Buddhist monk from Thailand, Phorthan Kuat, also known as the "Powerful Monk". Legend has it that he was very fond of laksa, a local specialty and even today devotees bring a bowl of laksa as an offering to his shrine.
In addition to the 108 ft-long reclining Buddha, Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Temple also has smaller statues of the ‘Awakened One’ in various guises plus you can also see statuettes of other popular Thai deities in the main prayer hall.
Besides that there is a series of colourful statues of Devas and other mythical creatures on display, spread out across the temple grounds. Vibrant murals depicting Buddha’s life story are painted on the temple walls.
- The peace of the religious place should be maintained at all times.
- Modest dressing is recommended.
- Photography without permission is prohibited.
- Rapid bus or trishaws/taxis.
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95% of people who visit Penang Hill include Wat Chayamangkalaram in their plan
08 AM - 09 AM
36.73% of people start their Wat Chayamangkalaram visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Wat Chayamangkalaram
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Wat Chayamangkalaram
Beautiful temple. Must visit if you come to penang. Admission is free
One of the best temples I have ever been to. If you have a car leave it in the parking lot across the street (free), otherwise you nay get a ticket. For the rest... see the photos.
Thai Buddhist temple. A wonderful and peaceful place to come and visit. Just be aware of your surroundings for pickpockets and thefts of shoes. Dress modestly to come. Temple closes at 5pm. Allow yourself time to walk around the temple as it is a huge place. This is a popular place for locals and visitors. Please be careful of your belongings and do not get distracted.
It's a huge temple with a lot of facilities such as library, kitchen, water blessing house, community hall and parking space, a big stupa, and a building that looks like ubusot with stone markers. There's a lot of tourists and devotees. There's a huge resting Buddha statue. However, it's also a columbarium where urns are found around the main shrine and the stupa complex.
Great place here. Touristy of course. Got 1 ice cream stall here called Papa's Coconut Ice Cream. Worth the visit here to the temple just for the coconut ice cream alone.