Lorong Burma, Penang, Malaysia
Wat Chayamangkalaram Penang Reviews
33 - m Reclining Buddha, Worth a Visit Feb 24, 2016
WAT CHAYAMANGKALARAM or the temple of reclining Buddha is another attraction not to be missed while visiting Penang. It is located just opposite the Burmese temple (another temple worth a visit). Just at the entrance gate, guest will already be delighted with the colorful and fascinating designs. At the entrance of the building, there await two huge dragon-headed serpent structures. And the center of attraction inside the temple is a 33 - meter gold plated reclining Buddha. Surrounding this giant reclining statue are series of shrines with a life size Buddha. Colorful candles and sort of reading materials have been sold there at the vicinity.
In my opinion, the monks didn’t much enjoy the solemnity of this temple while doing their religious practice because of many people coming in and out to see for themselves this colossal figure. The temple becomes more touristic than religious (just in my opinion).
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Reclining Buddha Jun 08, 2008
It is located in Pulau Tikus, about 10km from the city centre which is Georgetown. You can get here by using public transport like the Rapid Penang Bus U101 or the KGN Bus No. 11. Just tell the driver Siamese Wat or Wat Chayamangkalaram.
This temple is the traditional destination for devotees and tourist alike from way back as far as I can remember. It houses the 33 metre long reclining gold Buddha draped in a Saffron colored robe.
Getting back to Georgetown, you have to go across the road and walk following the direction of traffic to the T junction, then you will see a bus stop on the opposite side to your right. A bus will come along and take you back to town.
Should you want to explore another temple, remain outside the temple at the bus stop and hop on the next bus and tell the driver to stop at the Police Station. The Burmese Temple is on the lane beside the police station and is visible from where you stop.
Finally, there are street vendors selling a variety of things here. Normally at a higher price. Exercise caution. If you are thirsty or hungry, there is a 7-Eleven at the back of the bus stop.
Have a good trip.