Photo: Exploring Wat Chaiyamangalaram.

Dhammakarama Temple and Wat Chaiyamangalaram

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Occupying opposing sides of Lorong Burma in Pulau Tikus, these two temples serve Penang’s Thai and Burmese Buddhist communities.

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Dhammakarama Burmese Temple dates from the early nineteenth century when the area was settled by Burmese fishermen and farmers, and is Penang’s first Buddhist temple. The Thais followed not long after, but the large reclining Buddha for which their temple, Wat Chaiyamangalaram is renowned wasn’t constructed until much later. Both offer the visitor a gamut of Buddhist art and architecture spanning the sublime to the rather kitsch and ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)


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