Wat Chaiyamangalaram is located on Burma Lane.
There are two temples here on Burma Lane, one is a Thai Buddhist Temple which is Wat Chaiyamangalaram and the one opposite is the Burmese Buddhist Temple – Dhammikarama Temple.
We will first visit Wat Chaiyamangalaram, home of the purportedly “Worlds 3rd longest Sleeping Buddha”. Visiting hours are 7am to 6pm. Main shrine hall is open from 8 am to 5pm. Bus 103 will take you here.
Entrance to the "Worlds 3rd Longest Reclining Buddha in the World"
Entrance to the main shrine hall is guarded by larger than life deities and dragons
Towering guardian dieties. Similar structures are common in thailand. A good example is at Suvarnabhum Airport!
Flowing body of the guardian dragon
the tale of Two deities
One of the shrine halls. Love it that the brightly lit doors seem to be leading to heaven?
Temple Diety @ Wat Chayamangalaram Penang
Supposedly the "worlds third longest sleeping Buddha in the world" I wonder why some Muslims dislike entering places of worships for other religions. These middle eastern tourists seem to be having fun visiting this temple.
Devotees will place golden leaves on the Buddha statues and make prayers
deities of the temple
the entire base of the sleeping Buddha is decorated with paintings from the scenes of his life
Beneath the sleeping Buddha is a Columbarium! Where they store the remains of dead devotees
Buddha statues guarding the remains of dead devotees
various drawings depicting the times of the Buddha or representations of the heavens, hell and the human world
The wheel of Dhamma on the foot of the Buddha statue
The Wheel of Dhamma or Dharmacakra is translated as wheel of doctrine or wheel of law or the teaching of the Buddha.
Decorated tiles with lillies
When Lord Buddha was born, his mother Queen Maya and her son were showered with perfumed blossoms, and two streams of sparkling water poured from the sky to bathe them. The infant stood, and took seven steps on the water lillies, and proclaimed “I alone am the World-Honored One!”
Another shrine outside which features the Four faced Buddha that is similar to the Erawan shrine in Bangkok!
This temple alone wasn’t worth the visit, but because Dharmikarama Temple was just opposite , it was worth our time. 😀 As taking the bus can be really time consuming.
If you are following a tour, they might include this temple in the tour as well.
We forgot to mention that the entrance is free. We hope you have fun backpacking!
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