It is one of the famous temples in Penang. Wat Chayamangkalaram is a Thai Temple which is located in Pulau Tikus and the temple is just opposite the Dhammikarama Burmese Temple. The temple was cleared back in 1795 after a piece of land was granted to both Burmese and Siamese communities in George Town by Queen Victoria during the Straits Settlements era.
In 1830,there is around 648 Burmese and Siamese out of the 40,000 population. Part of the land awarded to the Siamese is given as a diplomatic gesture to promote trading ties between the British Empire and the Siamese Rattanakosin Kingdom, which was presented by the then Governor of the Straits Settlements, William John Butterworth to two Siamese female trustees named Nankayo and Boonsoon as the community representative. Inscriptions also showed that the building of the temple had been largely due to the philanthropic efforts of local Chinese Buddhists.
One of the features of the temple is they are one of the world’s longest reclining Buddha statue as well as several coloured statues of Yaksha and other mythical creatures. Measuring from 32 m- 33 m from end to end, the statue also serves as a columbarium where the urns of the cremated are housed. If you sre there do visit the temple.
Lorong Burmah, 10250 Penang
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