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Kuala Lumpur : Malaysia Capital - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Putrajaya : Federal Territory - Malaysia
Selangor : Central Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Terengganu : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Kelantan : East Coast Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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Negeri Sembilan / The Nine State : Southern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
 
Kedah (Langkawi) : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Penang / Pulau Pinang : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
Perak : Northern Region Of Peninsular Malaysia - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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Sabah : East Malaysia / Malaysian Borneo - Tourist Attraction and Destination Guide
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PLACES OF WORSHIP

UNIQUE THAI BUDDHIST TEMPLES

KL, Penang, Kedah & Kelantan

 
 

THAI BUDDHIST TEMPLE

 

Although Buddhism in Malaysia is largely influenced by the Chinese culture and heritage, there are also elements of Thai influence in certain Buddhist temples. These Thai temples or wats, are very different in their architecture. Thai wats are mostly located in the states bordering Thailand.

 

Selangor

Nestled within the bustling suburban city of Petaling Jaya, Selangor, is one of the main Thai Buddhist temples in Klang Valley, Wat Chetawan. The temple?s intricate design and its statues, its towering main prayer hall and the surrounding shrines are features that have impressed devotees and visitors alike. It was constructed as a small shrine in 1957 and the present temple was built in the early 1960s.

 

Penang

A trip to Penang will not be complete without a visit to Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Penang. Built in 1845, it houses a 33-metre Reclining Buddha, acclaimed as the third longest in the world. The statue is draped in a gold-leafed saffron robe.

 

 

Kelantan

In Kelantan, Thai Buddhist temples were said to have been built more than 500 years ago. Today, there are about 25 in the district of Tumpat alone. Among the most outstanding ones are Wat Machimmaram, Wat Mai Suwankhiri, Wat Photivihan and Wat Uttamaram. 

 

Wat Photivihan

Houses a 40-metrelong, 11-metre high and nine-metre wide Reclining Buddha, which is believed to be the largest in Southeast Asia. The temple, located in Kampung Jambu, is reputed to be more than 200 years old. However, the statue of the Reclining Buddha was only constructed in 1973 and completed in 1979.

 

Wat Uttamaram

Said to be the oldest and most beautiful temple in Kelantan. Situated outside Kampung Repek, the temple has an orange and green multitiered roof and statues of large dragons circling the verandah.

 

Wat Machimmaram

To see the largest statue of Sitting Buddha in Southeast Asia, head to Wat Machimmaram. The statue is 30 metres high and 47 metres wide.   Wat Mai Suwankhiri Another Thai Buddhist temple worth visiting in Tumpat is Wat Mai Suwankhiri. It is also known as the Dragon Boat Temple. The main temple is housed within a replica of a huge dragon boat.

 

 

Kedah

In the northern state of Kedah, one of the popular temples is Wat Nikrodharam. Located at Jalan Teluk Wan Jah, Alor Setar, the temple features ornate architecture and beautiful statues.

 
 

 

Other forms of Buddhist worship can be seen in the Burmese and Ceylonese Buddhist temples found in Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

 

 

Penang / Pulau Pinang

The Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, founded in 1803, is the first Buddhist temple in Penang. Located along Lorong Burmah, the attractions in the temple include a 200-year-old well and a large image of Lord Buddha made of marbles. Statues of two elephants are placed at the entrance. This temple is situated overlooking the Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram.

 

Kuala Lumpur

The Buddhist Maha Vihara in Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, was founded in the 1890s. It was built to provide a place for the Sri Lankan immigrants to practice Buddhism. Thousands of people throng this temple during the annual Wesak Day festival. Floats and floral parades are the highlight of the event. When illuminated at night, the statue of the Sitting Buddha makes an impressive sight.

 
 
 

KL, Penang, Kedah & Kelantan

UNIQUE THAI BUDDHIST TEMPLES

PLACES OF WORSHIP