The Reclining Buddha Temple, Penang (Wat Chayamangkalaram) 槟城睡佛庙( 11th November 2012 )
The giant statue of the reclining Buddha inside the temple, all 33m of it.
We spent some time driving around, looking for this temple. We finally found the location at 5.00 P.M. sharp. We were glad that the temple was still open at this hour which was the closing hour for most establishments. Many other tourists and devotees were seen thronging the temple as well.
The statue of the reclining Buddha was awesome. It occupies almost the entire breadth of the temple.
We could see many floral arrangements lined up on several huge tables in front of the reclining statue in readiness to celebrate the oncoming loy krathong festival. At another corner, a continuous stream of eager people were seen lining up for a "turn of the wheel" for reading a prediction. You need to slot in a 50 cent coin and the wheel will spin and indicate a number. You then pick a leaflet of the corresponding number to read your fortune or guidance that you were seeking.
The entrance to the Wat Chayamangkalaram where the reclining Buddha is housed
The guardians at the entrance of the main door