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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  • October 5, 2017
    Contains the 3rd longest inclined Buddha in the world. (33 m) which serves as a columbarium (storage of the funerary urns). The tour is interesting because the place has beautiful statues of Buddha as well as funerary urns. Exteriors are sumptuous.
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  • October 3, 2017
    The temple is typical Thai, with a lot of gold and many different Buddhas. In the temple itself, of course, shoes off. In the middle of the temple is a huge Buddha (33 mtr.), which is also the name of the temple explained. Because Chayamangkalaram meant Reclyning Buddha (or reclining Buddha). Surrounding it all sorts of other Buddhas, including Buddha for each year of birth in the Chinese zodiac (particular).
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  • October 2, 2017
    The first impact is large. Dunhuang and and or, blown away by the decor of the ornate building. Or rather lighter than I had imagined sleeping Buddha was great, cheap feel. On the whole, for better or for worse thought Chinese style.
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