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2) Penang Temples

a) Kek Lok Si Temple
Kek Lok Si (Hokkien: Temple of Supreme Bliss) in Air Itam, Penang, has got to be the most famous Chinese temple on the island. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Southeast Asia in terms of size.

Kek Lok Si Penang

Kek Lok Si

Visiting hours: 7am – 9pm daily

Kek Lok Si Temple
Add: Air Itam, Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: +604-828 3317

b) Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram
This Thai Buddhist Temple in Georgetown is most notable for its Reclining Buddha statue, said to be the third largest in the world at 33 metres in length. Hence, it is more popularly known as the Reclining Buddha Temple.

Built in 1845, Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram continues to attract droves of visitors, Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, particularly on Wesak Day, Songkran and Loy Krathong.

Besides this central attraction, there are many other smaller statues of Buddha and deities.

Visiting hours: 6am – 5.30pm daily

Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram
Add: Lorong Burmah, Georgetown, 10250 Penang.
Tel: +6016-4105115

c) Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Just across the road from Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram is Dharmikarama Burmese Temple. It was founded on 1st August, 1803 and was orginally named “Nandy Moloh Burmese Temple”.

Said to be the first Burmese Buddhist temple outside of Burma (now Myanmar), it is flanked by a pair of imposing stone elephants at the entrance.

Surrounding the Boddhi tree are many statues of Buddha in various poses.

Opening hours: 5am – 6pm daily

Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
Add: Lorong Burmah, Georgetown, 10250 Penang.
Tel: +604-2269575

d) Penang Snake Temple
Simply known as Penang Snake Temple, it was originally “Temple of the Azure Cloud”. Built in 1850 on a piece of land donated by the family of David Brown, a Scottish pioneer nutmeg planter in Penang.

The temple is said to be the only one of its kind in Malaysia, where viper pit snakes slither in to seek shelter. To protect these snakes, joss-sticks are not allowed to be lit in the main prayer hall.

Opening hours: 6am – 7pm daily

Penang Snake Temple
Add: Sungai Kluang, Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Tel: +604 643 7273

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