Places of Worship

kek-lok-si-statueWat Chayamangkalaram

Wat Chayamangkalaram is a Thai Buddhist temple built in 1845 on land granted by Queen Victoria as a gesture of goodwill to Thailand. The temple has one of the largest Reclining Buddha staues in the world. Spectacular to behold, the statue is completely gold-plated and measures 33 metres in length. You can also appreciate the magnificent craftmanship in the exquisite statues of Devas and other mythical reatures located on the temple grounds.

Dharmikarama Burmese Temple

Located in Lorong Burma, this Burmese temple is the favoured venue for the Songkran festival – Thailan’s traditional New Year Day, which is celebrated in April. The temple’s serene surroundings feature a Bodhi tree, wishing pond and pagoda.

Penang State Mosque

The state mosque is one of the most beautiful mosque in the country. Construction of the mosque began in 1976 and was completed in 1980. Elegant and iconic, the mosque is located on 45 hectres land, easily accommodating 5,000 worshippers.

Kek Lok Si Temple

Kek Lok Si means ‘Temple of Supreme Bliss’. Construction began in 1890, with the completion of its seven-storey handicrafted “Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas” in 1930. The pagoda is considered one of Penang’s most beautiful architectural wonders with its Chinese octagonal base, Thai middle tier and Burmese crown. A 30.2 m Kuan Yin bronze statue was completed in 2002.

Penang Floating Mosque

Malaysia first floating mosque at the sea is located along the scenic stretch of Tanjung Bunga. Accommodating up to 1,500 worshippers, the mosque features a blend of local and Middle Eastern architecture with seven-storey minarat. There is an open space for visitors to sea gaze peacefully.

Snake Temple

Built in 1850, the snake temple – alos known as the Temple of Azure Cloud – is dedicated to Choo Sor Kong, a Buddhist priest who was believed to have extraordinary healing powers. However according to local folks, a religious man offered the venomous pit vipers shelter from danger and since then, they have stayed in safety of the temple.

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