Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram, George Town

Visit the Buddhist temple Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram to admire its characteristically Thai design. Built in 1845 on land given by Queen Victoria as a gesture of goodwill to encourage increased trade with Thailand, the temple houses the third-largest reclining Buddha statue in the world, measuring 33 m (108 ft) in length. Walk past the flowing dragon statues at the entrance, and admire the idiosyncrasies of traditional Thai patterns and architecture on display throughout the temple. Legend has it that the first monk here was a big fan of laksa (spicy noodle soup): you will notice bowls of the local speciality laid as an offering at his shrine. Using our international travel planner, George Town attractions like Reclining Buddha Wat Chaiyamangalaram can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Had a few hours to spare yesterday so decided to visit this site. Really had no expectations but I have to say one of the nicest surprises as a tourist I have experienced. Beautiful architecture and a...  more »
  • Immaculately maintained. Serene. Beautiful structures. A lovely vegetable garden too. Fascinating place.  more »
  • Thai temple with huge sculpture of reclining Buddha. There were beautifully carved sculptures of Buddha everywhere. The walls too had carvings of Buddha and his stories. Very neat and clean with hundr...  more »
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  • A very spiritual place with a huge reclining Buddha. The place is of Thai religion and well respected. You have to take off your shoe or slipper at the entrance to enter. Inside you are able to walk around to pray and look at the history. Nice place to be.
  • One of the island's main tourist attractions with a giant Sleeping Buddha spanning the width of the temple. The entrance is "guarded" by two beautiful dragons in glass & mosaic. Best to visit on a weekday as the place is packed with tourists during weekends.
  • Thai style Buddhist temple, with a huge reclining Buddha inside. I heard that this is 1 of the largest reclining statue in the world. Within the temple, you can buy “Gold leaf” to paste onto some of the statues inside the temple ground (not all can be pasted) A bottle of spray water is located next to the statues, it’s for u to spray so that u can apply the gold leaf easily. Remember to respect holy ground u’re in. ◡̈
  • Have been a while since I last visited the place. Beautifully maintained temple. Touristy. Was nice to meet the Chief Abbot a local Penangnite.
  • Well upkeep. Friendly volunteers available in the temple too. Thumbs up!
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