Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Temple

Attraction Lorong Burma, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016

1 hour
10:00 AM - 06:30 PM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Historic
Must see
Kids
Free
Temple & Monument
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This main shrine and the pagoda were built in the year 1900 after the land was granted on behalf of her Majesty Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 30th May 1845 by W.L. Butterworth of the East India Company.

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Why Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Temple is special ?

This main shrine and the pagoda were built in the year 1900 after the land was granted on behalf of her Majesty Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 30th May 1845 by W.L. Butterworth of the East India Company. The main shrine of chinese influence structure stood serving for 88 years until renovation became necessary.

What to explore at Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Temple?

The temple hall in which this Buddha is housed is also called the Hall of the Thousand Buddha's. You will see on the walls hundreds of little golden sculptures. Underneath the Buddha is a mausoleum, holding the ashes of cremated Buddhist worshipers.

Other attractions at Wat Chaiya temple include enormous dragon serpents, sprawling from the balustrades of the temple's entrance towards the meditation hall. 

You will also come upon gruesome-looking looking, green-faced beings referred to as Dewas, standing guard before the temple entrance.

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Selling points

  • A slice of history
  • Great colors and amazing architecture
  • Typical of Thai temple in town
  • What is cultures tratitional
  • Great place to relax
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
141.13 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
22 places

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Lorong Burma, Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • Take the Rapid Penang Bus numbered 101 from Georgetown. You can catch this bus from Chulia street, which then goes to Komtar and then along the famous street - Jalan Burma. The temple is on your right hand side. There are other buses that run near to the temple with numbers 10, 103 and 104. You can also take a cab to the temple from anywhere in Penang. The ride will cost an negotiable amount of RM40 form Georgetown to the Reclining Buddha Temple.
    Transportation
  • Remember remove your shoes while enter the temple.
    Things to do
  • Need to keep your voice down and don’t make too noisy.
    Things to do
  • Do not bring your food in here
    Food
  • Photography is not permitted within the temple.
    Photography
  • Make sure to dressed appropiately
    What to wear
  • Avoid using foul language.
    Experience
  • Should visit in the morning time. If can, a great time to visit Wat Chaiya temple is during the traditional Buddhist festivals, the Songkran and the Loy Krathong. Hundreds of Buddhist devotees throng the temple to pray and celebrate the yearly festivals.
    Timming

Reviews

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Also known as the Temple of the Sleeping Buddha, this place of prayer and meditation can be found across the road from the Burmese Temple of the Standing Buddha, on Burma Road. The statue of Buddha is covered with gold leaf, and at 33 metres in length, one of the longest reclining Buddhas in Asia. It is said that this depiction of Buddha is at the moment of his death. Here Buddha is lying on his right side and facing West, the direction of the setting sun and the realm of death. It is said that the Buddha, born in Nepal, after a lifetime of wandering Asia, finally, at the age of 80, reached Enlightenment and died, uttering his last words: "Impermanent are all created things. Strive on with awareness." The Temple is built on land given to the small Thai community in Penang by Queen Victoria in 1845. Penang is close to the Thai border, so finding Thai settlers is not surprising. This is a very beautiful place to be. The day we visited there was much activity as the congregation prepared for a religious festival of some kind. There were people in the kitchen and much flurrying. It is permitted to take photographs, even in the main pavilion housing the Buddha. Inside you will find a mix of tourists and congregation, all going about being tourists and being a congregation without any apparent disruptions. Behind the statue there are small boxes in the walls containing the ashes of people who have passed.Thai people have mastered the art of bling to a very high level, so everywhere you look there is sparkley arkley going on and a riot of architectural detail and colour, which in a sense transforms the place and creates a sense of other worldliness. All of this helps people to enter into another state of mind in order to pray. When you enter any of the pavilions you must take off your shoes. They are always where you left them, so don't worry. This is definitely a photo shoot event, so take your camera. Nobody minds you taking as many photos as you like. When you are done, you can wander across the road and do the whole thing again in a Burmese environment in the Temple of the Standing Buddha.

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The temple has not changed overmuch since I visited when I was stationed here in the late 1960's. There is still the same ambience of peace and tranquiliity. The grounds have changed very little except for the small temple on the righthand side of the car park. This temple is well worth a visit.

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calm and windy temple, all r speaking in thai i guess.. gud place to have an idea about what other cultures traditions.

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Also known as the Temple of the Sleeping Buddha, this place of prayer and meditation can be found across the road from the Burmese Temple of the Standing Buddha, on Burma Road. The statue of Buddha is covered with gold leaf, and at 33 metres in length, one of the longest reclining Buddhas in Asia. It is said that this depiction of Buddha is at the moment of his death. Here Buddha is lying on his right side and facing West, the direction of the setting sun and the realm of death. It is said that the Buddha, born in Nepal, after a lifetime of wandering Asia, finally, at the age of 80, reached Enlightenment and died, uttering his last words:

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