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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  • The centrepiece of this temple is the massive reclining Buddha. All round one will see architecture influenced by Thai culture. beautiful decorative work adorns the walls and entrance to the main temp...  more »
  • Penang is a simple historical town and this is one of the first temple in Asia with a reclining Buddha. Though I have seen other giant Buddha in the region, I appreciate the artistic expression of the...  more »
  • We were taken here by our homestay’s friend, who volunteers at the temple. Even though neither of us are in any way religious, it was a really beautiful and peaceful place to visit. The Buddhas and ot...  more »
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