Wat Chayamangkalaram, Penang Island, Malaysia

Reclining Buddha (some simply referred this form as sleeping Buddha, esp. in straight forward Chinese translation) can be found at several Siamese (Thai) temples in or out of Thailand. This unique form of Buddha in this position is not entirely an original Thai design but rather it can be found in many countries which include Myanmar (which arguably has most in numbers as well as in large dimension), China, Taiwan, Vietnam and even can be found as far in northern India where one recovered location shown one which measures 350 metres! Within Bangkok, you can find one all-gold painted which measures 46m length at Wat Pho (Original birth place of Thai Traditional Massage). I know at least the Wat Mek Prasit, Ipoh and this more well known 33 metres long image at Burmah Lane, Wat Chayamangkalaram, Penang which have this image installed. In fact, when one associates a reclining Buddha, most Malaysian Buddhists will immediately think of the reclining Buddha image at Penang as this is a tourist hot spot in this island. The Pulau Tikus area has quite a few Buddhist temples of Thai and Burmese origin. Opposite the Wat Chayamangkalaram is where a Burmese temple locates and another smaller Thai temple a few hundreds yards away where I have been there several times. Wat Chayamangkalaram has another distinctive design in its seven- headed serpents guarding entrance into the temple. I found similar design at Wat Mek Prasit in Ipoh, which makes me wondering is it a companion image for the peaceful looked of a reclining Buddha.

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