3 Must Visit Temple in Malaysia
1. Kek Lok Si
It is the largest Buddhist temple in Malaysia. It is located at the top of the White Crane Mountain, 6000 meters off the south of the Penang. The temple is magnificent with around a hundred of stone stairs placed between the bottom of the mountain from the gate of the temple. It was started to be built from 1898 by a Chinese monk named Miao LIan and it was completed in 1920 covering 12 hectares. There are Main Hall, Hall of Heavenly Kings, Dhammasala, Scripture Library, Lotus Pond, Free Life Pond to name but a few. The temple is located next to the mountain with green pines and verdant cypresses growing here and there nearby the temple. The corridor is meandering along the stone stairs towards the gate. In the middle of the Lotus Pond, there is a giant stone with “Do not forget the homeland” carved in Chinese by Youwei Kang in June 1900. The stone walls nearby also have several poems and words carved by other celebrities and poets. There are many classics masterpieces stored in the Scripture Library, in the attic of which, there is a creed belt hanging on the wall, which is sent by the Emperor of Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty. A Buddhist Tower is situated in the backyard of the temple. It is around 30 meters tall with 7 stories. There are figures of Buddha in each story. Hence it is also known as” the Tower with 10 thousands figures of Buddha”. It is the compilation of all main characteristics of the Asian Buddha tower with the bottom being Chinese, the middle being Thai and the top being Burmese.
Address: 86 S, Jalan Kampung Pisang, 11500 Ayer Itam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Telephone number: +60 18 493 0852
2. Wat Chayamangkalaram
It is also known as Thai Temple. It was completed in the 20th century and located in Penang. It is a compilation of the architectural characteristics of China, Thailand and Burma. It is the home of the world third largest Reclining Buddha. The first and the second are located in Burma and Thailand respectively. The eyes and the toes of the Buddha are covered with shells. It is stunning and holy. There are 12 figures of Buddha standing behind it representing the 12 Earthly Branches, which are used to symbolize the year in which a person is born.
Address: 17, Lorong Burma, 10250, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Telephone Number: +60 16-4105115
3. Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
It was built in 1800 and located just across the Wat Chayamangkalaram. There are 30 pictures with the theme of birth, aging, diseases and death. There is also a figure of Panchaluba, with the horns of a deer, the trunk of an elephant, the toes of a horse, the body of the dragon and the wings of an eagle. It is standing on a terrestrial globe, representing it is protecting the world. It is said that as long as you place your hands on the terrestrial globe and make a wish about the country you would like to visit, your wish will be granted.
Address: Lorong Burma, George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Telephone Number: +60 4226 9575