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
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36.73% of people start their Wat Chayamangkalaram visit around 08 AM - 09 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Wat Chayamangkalaram
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Thai style Buddhist temple, with a huge reclining Buddha inside. I heard that this is 1 of the largest reclining statue in the world. Within the temple, you can buy “Gold leaf” to paste onto some of the statues inside the temple ground (not all can be pasted) A bottle of spray water is located next to the statues, it’s for u to spray so that u can apply the gold leaf easily. Remember to respect holy ground u’re in. ◡̈
Have been a while since I last visited the place. Beautifully maintained temple. Touristy. Was nice to meet the Chief Abbot a local Penangnite.
Very interesting temple complex. I found the ash internment areas behind and under Reclining Buddha fascinating - some very old urns there
Peaceful retreat in the heart of Pulua Tikus. The temple is free to enter, quiet, the dragon statutes at the entrance are beautiful with the glittering of thousands of pieces of coloured glass. Inside there are statutes for the god for each Chinese zodiac sign and day. Plus of course one of the only reclining Buddha in the world. Worth spending 30-45 minutes out of your schedule to decompress.
Another temple. This one has a large reclining Buddha, who has a very questionable/ unfortunate facial configuration. As with most temples in this part of the world, it's fantastically over-the-top!!!