Burmese Temple (Dhammikarama), Penang

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    Most Beautiful Burmese Temple In Penang

    by limkahwan Updated Oct 15, 2013

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    This beautiful Burmese Temple is located at Burma Lane (Lorong Burma) was founded in 1st August 1803. The Temple was known as Nandy Moloh Burmese Temple, and purchased by Nonya Betong from George Layton for 390 Spanish Dollars and donate to the Temple. The Temple was named Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple.

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    Burmese Temple

    by kat-m Written Apr 18, 2010

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    Yet another fascinating temple, the detailed work that is put into these places is amazing. You could spend a day and still never see it all. Scenes depicting long ago events, ornamental pagodas, gold fish ponds, with very large fish in them! Hopefully my photos are doing these places the justice they deserve.

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    Beautiful temple

    by tim07 Written Jun 21, 2008

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    The entrance to this Burmese temple is guarded by a pair of elephants. Inside the pagoda grounds you'll find a Boddhi tree & a wishing pond. The temple is a delight to look round, it is beautifully designed & the colours are amazing. There are plenty of fascinating sculptures to look at too.

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    Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple

    by Carino Written Mar 14, 2008

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    I have visited quite a few Buddhist Temples all over Asia, but this Burmese Temple raised the bar. Especially the temple close to the entrance is a beauty. The wooden carvings in there are gorgeous and the golden buildings all around the area are just beautiful.

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    A little piece of Burma

    by aberacadabra Written Nov 8, 2007

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    The gilded and intricate eaves and latticework catches your attention upon entering the gates of the Burmese temple. A tall marble statue of the Enlightened One greets you after you've removed your shoes and entered.
    There are other shrines dotted around the main sanctuary.
    Half an hour here should suffice.

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    Burmese Buddhist temple

    by snuggie Written Jan 14, 2007

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    The Burmese Buddhist temple was built in 1803, the temple is one of the oldest heritage temples in the country. Consistent maintenance and renovation has kept the building in good shape.Standing in the centre of the hall is a huge statue of Buddha. The head and feet of which were made of carved marble stones.
    It was really a eye-opening experience for all of us.

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    Dharmikara Burmese Temple

    by snuggie Written Jan 13, 2007

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    founded on the 1st August 1803,the temple was then known as Nandy Moloh Butmese temple.This place of public worship was purchased by Nonya Betong from George Layton for 390 Spanish dollars and dontaed to the templr.
    Being one of the earliest and the only burmese buddist temple in Malaysia and featuring the historical pagoda,the temple and Sima Hall,the temple was designated in 1988 as one of the state heritage sites to be preserved as a tourist attraction.

    Since its inceptio,the temple is presently managed by the seventh chief monk.To faciliate and complement the practice of buddhism,the temple has a main shrine hall,Sima Hall, a dinning hall, monks quarters perceptees' lodge,Sunday school classrooms,a library and a lecture hall.

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    Part of Little Burma

    by longsanborn Updated Jan 13, 2007

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    The ornate gilded roof of this 200 year old temple beckons as one walks down Burma Lane; past hawker staffs selling food and souvenir stalls selling tacky knick-knacks. A pair of stone elephants at the entrance serve as silent reminders of the sanctity within.

    Mythical figures and religious icons dot the spacious and well-kept compound inside - among them, bell-bearing acolytes, myriad buddhas, chimeras and flying beings. Two huge and imposing-looking chi lings (a fabulous being that is a hybrid of a dragon, horse and a lion) flank the entrance to the main prayer hall. Chi lings are traditionally used in feng shui to deflect evil.

    Next to an unused 200 year-old well is a huge man-made water catchment filled with carps. Buddha statues in different meditative poses nestle in grottos marked with the names of individual donors. A pair of winged chimeras called Panca Rupa look resplendent in the roles as "Guardian Protectors of the World."

    There is a nice huge mural depicting the Great Renunciation of Prince Siddharta (see picture). The future Buddha is 'captured' riding his steed Kanthaka in mid-air with his faithful servant Channa seemingly hanging on for dear life. Evil beings on one side try to discourage him from his noble quest while the good ones on the other side welcome him with open arms. It's all done very tastefully.

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    Burmese Temple just opposite of Siamese Temple

    by SLLiew Written Oct 15, 2006

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    When you are visiitng the Reclining Buddha, just walk across the road to drop by the interesting Burmese Temple.

    You will noticed that facial expression of Burmese Buddhas are different, more serene in a sense. There is a giant standing Buddha in a beautifully carved wooden hall and with different Buddhas from different countries of Asia.

    At the side of the main temple, is a temple roof which looks like a floating piece of cake. At the back, is a coin thowing whether you want "Success", "Happy Marriage", "Love" into a rotating bowls over a pond. Stand at nearest part of the pond but it is an easy miss.

    Highly recommend to drop by if you are visiting the Reclining Buddha. Admission is free too but there is a solication of voluntary donation for building funds.

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    Mythical figures and Sanctum

    by jo9001 Updated Sep 20, 2006

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    Originally known as the Nandy Molah Burmese Temple, the Dhammikarama was the first Buddhist temple to be built in Penang, in 1803.
    The ornate gilded roof of this Burmese temple beckons from afar as one walks down Lorong Burmah , within the spacious compounds of the temple, you will find mythical figures and religious icons dotting the well kept compound.
    Flanking the entrance of the main hall, are two huge "lion"looking statues - "chi lings". I think it is supposed to be a hybrid of a dragon, horse and a lion. As you enter the main hall, standing in the centre of the hall is a huge statue of Buddha.
    Behind the main hall there is a garden with mythical figures and a huge pond filled with carps. Along the corridors of the temple, there are framed painting illustrating the Great Renunciation of Prince Siddharta.

    You can ask for blessings from the monks, but do take note that the monks have their lunch break between 11am to 2pm.

    Open hours: 5.00am - 6.00pm

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    Visit the interior of the Burmese Temple

    by DanielF Updated Aug 8, 2006

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    The exterior of the Burmese temple is extremely elaborate and colourful and so is the interior, where visitors are also allowed. The visitors can see several statues of Buddha, including an impressive image of a golden, standing one, and several monks relaxing or meditating.

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    Visit the Burmese Temple

    by DanielF Updated Aug 8, 2006

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    Just across the road from the Reclining Buddha Temple, you can visit teh Wat Chayamangkalaram. Apparently, there used to be a Burmese community living in this area and they let build this temple, which happens to be the oldest Buddhist temple on the island.

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    Burmese Temple

    by ellielou Written Apr 12, 2006

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    I've never been to Burma, so I've never seen a Burmese temple. I'm not sure if this is what they are really like there, or is a Penangish version of what. In any event, it was really color, and I hope I'm not insultinig any Burmese Buddists who may be reading this, but it was sort of a fun place to visti.

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    Burmese Temple

    by Swwaattcchh Written Nov 5, 2005

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    This is just opposite the Sleeping Buddha temple.

    Very interesting, and you will find a huge standing buddha in one of its halls.
    Look behind the huge buddha, and you will see a row of many buddhas from all over Asia.

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    The Burn\mese Temple

    by kphstar Written Apr 28, 2005

    The Burmese temple has a huge compound. As you enter, you'll get an pictorial account of the life of Buddha (very much like what you get hanging around a church).

    In the main buiding, you'll find the most beautiful gold left decoration on walls, statues and even the ceiling. However, this is only a entree. In the centre stands a 20 metre high gold Buddha. It's a must see.

    We arrived there just after the Water Festival. Damn shame I say. Would have love to bring inthe Super Soaker.

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