Wat Chayamangkalaram

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Time Required : Less than 1 hour

Timings : 6:00 AM - 5:30 PM every day

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Wat Chayamangkalaram, Georgetown Penang Overview

Wat Chayamangkalaram, located in the Pulau Tikus of George Town, is a Thai Buddhist temple. Also known as Chayamangkalaram Buddhist Temple it is famous for housing one of the world's longest reclining Buddha statue.

The gold-plated 33-metre reclining statue is believed to be the 14th biggest reclining Buddha statue in the world. The colourful Wat Chayamangkalaram also houses statues of Yaksha, Buddha and Devas, along with other mythical creatures throughout the temple complex. 

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Structure and Architecture of Wat Chayamangkalaram

The temple’s main attraction that is the reclining Buddha statue is a gold-plated 33 meter long masterpiece. The overall architecture of this magnificent religious place has taken its inspiration from the traditional Thai Buddhist structures dating back to the early 1700s. However, to capture the essence of the fast changing world, there is quite a touch of modern styles to the traditional framework. Also, the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac signs have been sculpted at different points on the inner walls.

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The main shrine of Buddha at Wat Chayamangkalaram (Source)
While forming the base for Wat Chayamangkalaram, sacred stones or ‘Loog Nimit’ were buried beneath the smaller pagodas surrounding the shrine to make the place holy. Murals and rugs depicting the different scenes from Buddha’s life are hung throughout the interior of the temple. These murals carry the social messages Buddha wanted to spread amongst the people to promote the ideas of ‘ahimsa’ and social acceptance for all.

How to Reach Temple of Reclining Buddha

Bus: Taking a transit bus is probably the best means to reach Wat Chayamangkalaram. It is very economical and convenient at the same time. The RapidPG bus number 103 starting from the center of Georgetown, going toward Burma Road drops off near the temple from where it’s about 5 minutes walking distance.

Taxi: Taking a cab is a pretty comfortable means too. It won’t be as economical as the transit bus, but it will drop off directly at the entrance of the temple’s premises.

Car: To drive to the temple, rental cars are a good option. However, it’s advisable to book a rental car only if one is planning to drive about the city the entire day as it can cost a considerable amount.

Need to Know

  • Photography is prohibited inside the main shrine
  • The beauty of this magnificent temple increases by ten folds during the Songkran festival

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