I originally wanted to visit a Thai Buddhist temple in KL (or PJ) on Wesak Day last week but my friend advised me against it as I wouldn’t be able to do much due to human traffic jam. So I stayed in Ipoh and went to pray at Wat Siribunyamagaram instead. Luckily, I am still able to share with you a few photos of a Thai Buddhist temple in Petaling Jaya, on a non-festival day, though.
The idea to build Wat Chetawan (Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple) was mooted in 1956 but it was only completed in 1962. His Majesty King Bhumipol of Thailand himself, accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, officiated the temple with the raising the “Chor Fah” ceremony.
Just like Wat Siribunyamagaram is known as Tambun Siamese Temple, Wat Chetawan is known as PJ Siamese Temple (or PJ Thai Temple). Local folks just aren’t good with Thai names. And like Wat Siribunyamagaram in Ipoh, Wat Chetawan observes a calendar of Thai religious festivals like Dhamma Day, Loy Krathong and Songkran (Water Festival), besides Wesak Day (Visakha Puja).
One interesting feature of Wat Chetawan that sets it apart from other Thai Buddhist temples is its herbal sauna treatment centre. I didn’t try this myself but I read that there are many health benefits from this herbal sauna treatment like improvement in blood circulation, relief of body fat and overcome insomnia, among others.
Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple
Address: No. 24, Jalan Pantai, Off Jalan Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
GPS Coordinates: N 03 06.156′ E 101 39.088′
Tel: +603-79552443, +603-79572255
Visiting hours: 7am to 9:30pm daily
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