Reclining Buddha temple (Wat Chayamangkalaram), Penang

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  • they even tried the fortune teller machine
    they even tried the fortune teller...
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    other temple in the compound
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    The door guards
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    Famous Thai Buddhist Temple (3)

    by DaHongHua Updated Dec 7, 2014

    The religion has no boundry. When I visited the Thai Reclining Buddha in Penang recently, there are group of students probably on their holiday or study tour about religion in Malaysia. Although they are Muslim, but I saw they are keen into taking pictures around the temple and to know more about the religion.

    The study group move around the temple they even tried the fortune teller machine study on how the temple collect donation
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    Famous Thai Buddhist Temple (1)

    by DaHongHua Updated Dec 7, 2014

    The temple is located opposite the Burmese Standing Buddha Temple along Lorong Burma.
    The Thai Buddha Temple has a giant reclining Buddha in the main hall. From the distance in between each pillars of the hall, this reclining Buddha's length more than 90 ft.
    There are 4 Golden Nagas and 2 giant door gods in front of the temple to guard the temple.
    In the temple compound, there are other temples and pogodas.

    The entrance, with traders at both sides the rules to enter the temple Buddha Chaiya Mongkol the stone sign
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    Famous Thai Buddhist Temple (2)

    by DaHongHua Updated Dec 7, 2014

    Wat Chaiya Mangalaram was built in 1845 on a 5 acres land donated by Queen Victoria to the Thai Communities in Penang and is located at the heart of Georgetown along Burma Lane (Lorong Burma) in Pulau Tikus.
    Thailand and Burma has strong trade relationship in Penang, they could have used Penang as a middle point to do business with other parts of south east asia. The inflence of Thai and Burmese culture and religion is very strong in Penang.
    Although not the oldest ( Burmese Temple, 1803 ), but Wat Chaiyamangkalaram is certainly the largest Buddhist temple in Penang. Its interiors are adorned with a great number of Buddha
    statues with the most prominent ones include the 33 meters (108ft) reclining Buddha. The colossal size reclining Buddha statue is reputed to be among the longest in the world.
    The Door Guard Gods and the Nagas, is very colourful sticked with shining mirrors in small pieces, majority of its are of golden colour.

    The door guards the NAGA a closer look other temple in the compound the reclining Buddha
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    The Sleeping Buddha

    by limkahwan Updated Oct 15, 2013

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    Wat Chayamangkalaram a Thai Temple which was built in 1845 on the land granded by Queen Victoria. The Temple has one of the largest Reclining Buddha in the world. The Statue is Gold plated and measuring 33 meters in length.

    Wat Chayamangkalaram The Dragon Entrance The Largest Reclining Buddha
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  • Monks

    by nancyew Written May 26, 2011

    Not advisable to engage the monks in this temple. They are very demanding and materialistic. I thought monks are not even allowed to accept red packets but despite that they demanded more via their assistants. That's breaking one of their precepts. So be careful when you go to this temple. Never engage the monks.

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    Temple of reclining Buddha

    by kat-m Written Apr 18, 2010

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    A fascinating temple well worth a visit, as usual the detail in the architecture is great , the size of the statue is unbelievable. These places are all free entry but do rely on donations. Here you can buy books for whatever you like to donate.

    reclining buddha love the nail paint floor detail outside the temple offerings of rice to the buddha
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    Thai temple

    by tim07 Updated Feb 13, 2010

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    This colourful Thai temple is situated across the road from the Burmese temple. It's open daily and the admission is free.

    The temple grounds contain many shrines along with brightly coloured statues of Devas and other mythical creatures. Inside the main pagoda you'll find a gold-plated statue of the Reclining Buddha. Behind the statue are many urns containing the ashes of devotees.

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    RECLINING BUDDHA - Wat Chayamangkalaram

    by balhannah Written Dec 5, 2009

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    This is another impressive Temple that we visited which had GOLD, GOLD, GOLD!

    and............... THE 14th LARGEST RECLINING BUDDHA IN THE WORLD!

    This Thai temple was built in 1845 by a Buddhist monk, who came from Thailand.

    As you enter, probably the 1st thing you notice is the two guards with two mythical dragon-headed serpents at their feet. Heading inside, and here is the 33metre gold-plated reclining Buddha. With a peaceful, smiling face, this Buddha lies on his right side with his head resting in the palm of his right hand.
    The reclining Buddha represents the historical Buddha at his death. It is said that the Buddha knew death was approaching, and asked his disciples to prepare a couch for him in a grove!

    Go for a walk behind the Buddha, as here are a lot of niches that contain the ashes of the devotees.

    You are allowed to take photo's
    Please take off your shoes before entering the Temple.

    OPEN...6.00am till 5.30pm

    FREE

    Entrance to the Reclining Buddha Niches where people's Ashes are kept In the Temple Outside the Temple entrance
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    Wat Chaiyamangkalaran

    by aukahkay Written Aug 3, 2008

    Wat Chaiyamangkalaran temple has a unique blend of Chinese, Thai and Burmese architectural designs and was built in the 19th century and declared open in 1956 by Thai King Bhumipol Ayudayej. Inside the temple lies the 3rd largest Reclining Buddha in the world measuring 33 meters. Behind the gold-foil wrapped Buddha stand 12 idols, each representing an animal in the Chinese zodiac.

    Reclining Buddha of Wat Chaiyamangkalaran Wat Chaiyamangkalaran Wat Chaiyamangkalaran
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    A Thai Wat

    by aberacadabra Updated Nov 8, 2007

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    Within the Ubosot which means "ordination hall" in the Thai language lies the reclining Buddha, a comparable image to the one in Wat Pho, Bangkok and no less ornate. Behind the reclining Buddha are numerous funerary niches occupied by ashes of the departed and anteriorly as seen in the photo are individual altars to other smaller images of the Buddha at various poses.

    the reclining Buddha Gilding a subsidiary image with a single gold leaf The ordination hall surrounded by Yakkha statues
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    Wat Chayamangkalaram

    by snuggie Written Jan 14, 2007

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    This Buddhist temple of Thai architecture houses a magnificent gold-plated reclining Buddha that is said to be the third largest in the world.

    Behind the temple is a small Thai village and a Thai cemetery. The local Thais celebrate the traditional Buddhist festivals -- the Sonkran and the Loy Krathong -- at Wat Chayamangkalaram. The niches behind the statue hold urns containing the ashes of devotees.

    Admission to the temple is free.

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    Reclining Buddha

    by snuggie Written Jan 14, 2007

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    The reclining Buddha represents Shakyamuni Buddha at his death. It is said that the Buddha knew death was approaching, and asked his disciples to prepare a couch for him in a grove. He lay there, reclining on his right side, facing west, with his head supported by his hand, as he passed into nirvana.

    The statue of the Reclining Buddha is not supposed to evoke sadness, but rather encouragement that all beings have the potential to become enlightened and attain release from the sufferings which characterize the cycle of rebirth. The reclining Buddha's serene, composed, and restful demeanor (he is actually slightly smiling) a reminder of the serenity that comes with enlightenment.

    The Buddha was born Siddhartha Gautama, a prince of the Sakya tribe of Nepal, in approximately 566 BC. When he was twenty-nine years old, he left the comforts of his home to seek the meaning of the suffering he saw around him.
    After six years of arduous yogic training, he abandoned the way of self-mortification and instead sat in mindful meditation beneath a bodhi tree.
    On the full moon of May, with the rising of the morning star, Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, the enlightened one.

    The Buddha wandered the plains of northeastern India for 45 years more, teaching the path or Dharma he had realized in that moment. Around him developed a community or Sangha of monks and, later, nuns, drawn from every tribe and caste, devoted to practicing this path. In approximately 486 BC, at the age of 80, the Buddha died.


    His last words are said to be...

    Impermanent are all created things;
    Strive on with awareness.

    the buddha
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    Wat Chayamangkalaram

    by snuggie Written Jan 14, 2007

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    The Wat Chayamangkalaram temple was built in 1845 by a Buddhist monk, who came from Thailand. The five acres of land was donated by Queen Victoria to the Thai community.

    While entering the main temple,you will see 2 green-faced guards before the temple entrance. At their feet are crawling two mythical dragon-headed serpents.
    Photography is allowed but do remember to take your shoes off before entering the temple.

    By the way,beware of shoes thieves,you may wish to hand carry your shoes or just put them into a plastic bag or into your bag,otherwise you may end up walking bare-footed for the rest of your journey.

    The green-faced guards guarding the entrance Beware!
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    See the Huge Golden Reclining Buddha

    by longsanborn Written Jan 13, 2007

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    This is the largest Buddhist temple in Penang. The colossal size is due to the reputed third longest reclining Buddha in the world. Measuring some 33 metres (108ft) from toe to tip of headgear, Wat Chaiya's reclining Buddha takes pride of place alongside other Buddha colossi found in Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and China.

    The Wat Chaiya was built in 1845 on five acres of land donated by Queen Victoria to the Thai community. The architecture is authentic down to the last bit of gold paint on the pagodas - so much so that one feels transported to another place and time when wandering about the sprawling grounds. Like the Burmese temple across the road, one is likely to encounter mythical beings and religious icons which dot the grounds.

    Walking towards the main temple, visitors are greeted by awesome looking green-faced beings standing guard before the temple entrance. Crawling at their feet are 2 huge dragon-headed serpents. Unlike the western culture (read Caucasian), Oriental mythology teaches that serpents and dragons are propitious beings and not to be feared.

    The significance behind the reclining Buddha in the Wat Chaiya, with the head resting in the palm of the right hand, with the head pointing northwards, signifies enlightenment or Nirvana. Underneath the reclining Buddha are niches where ashes of the deceased are kept.

    Giant Reclining Buddha Entrance of Temple See the Green Beings behind Me
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    Reclining Siamese Buddha

    by SLLiew Written Oct 15, 2006

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    Another popular tourist destination. Admission is fre.

    This indoor reclining Buddha is supposedly the third longest in the world.

    You have to remove your shoes entering and there is a sign warning of shoe theives. You can always put your shoes in a plastic beg and carried it with you if you are wearing an expensive Italian brand and do not want someone to step on them.

    Besides the impressive reclining Buddha, there is series of painted pictures telling the story of the Lord Gautama Buddha.

    Behind the reclining Buddha are storage of cremated urns with photos of the deceased staring at you. This can be scarry for children and so avoid walking behind the Reclining Buddha if you are with young childrne.

    Also there is a wheel to spin to predict your luck. Unfortunately, all the predictions tend to have negative elements so my advice is to skip it.

    There Siamese style dragons and guards at the entrance of the temple as flash photography is not allowed inside. There is also a popular 4 faced Buddha outside.

    Parking is free inside the temple. So do not need to pay to the "parking attendant".

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