Wat Chayamangkalaram, George Town

Visit the Buddhist temple Wat Chayamangkalaram 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 Wat Chayamangkalaram can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This Thai shrine has a huge reclining Buddha and is located opposite the burmese temple on Jalan Sultan Azam going from Georgetown to Batu Ferringhi.I actually walked the whole distance and quite enjo...  more »
  • It is a temple as vivid and bright colors are everywhere. Perhaps kitsch sense of Japan and might get the impression. But looking a large reclining Buddha and quiet mind wonder. I thought it was a visit. It is a tropical Temple. Komtar from the Plaza bus stop beside the temple. Can I catch the bus right, back at the komtar bus go Boulevard, near the plautics market. One way 1. 4 RM.
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  • Lovely temple and very cool sight of the reclining Buddha. Also many Buddhas inside and outside the temple and beautifully decorated dragons. Inside is also a mausoleum which is also very interesting ...  more »

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As an established tourist destination, George Town offers a range of options making use of the city's famous architectural diversity, with boutique hotels in the old town themed around the history of the building they occupy. For such singular accommodations, expect to pay a little more. Budget hotels and unbranded local options provide a comfortable night sleep at an affordable rate. The coastal areas offer more expensive resort-style luxury rooms with sea views, while away from the beaten track, you'll find backpacker hostels providing good options for those wanting to keep on the move.
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