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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram @ Burmah Road, Penang

Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram @ Burmah Road, Penang reminds us of Thailand. There is a gold plated reclining Buddha measuring 33 metres resides within this Thai -styled temple. Wat Chaiya Magkalaram was founded in 1895.

Reclining Buddha measuring 33 metres in Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram
There are many position of a buddha statue. Each positon brings a different meaning and as for the reclining buddha in Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram, the buddha is lying with head lying in the palm of his right hand. Face and head is facing to the North, and this posture symbolizes the Mahaparinirvana ( Enlighthenment or achieving Nirwana ) of the Buddha which took place at Kushinagara (Uttar Pradesh).

The main shrine and the pagoda were built in 1900 after the piece of land was granted by the Majesty Queen Vitoria of United Kingdom on 30 May 1845. The main shrine of Chinese influence structure stiid serving for 88 years until renovation and upgrading work is necessary.

The present appearance is of modern Thai Buddhist architectural design. You wouldn't want to miss sighting this temple aren't you?

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