An all new large Buddha Image at the side of the main hall of the  reclining Buddha at Wat Chai Thai Temple in Penang Island (Image file zise 203k) Loading .....
 
Locating just beside the main hall, there is a new structure adds to the Wat Chaiyamangalaram impressive lists of various Buddhist statues. Probably it is new so I notice not many visitors divert their route towards this end. Inside there is a very huge Buddha statue in Mahayana outfit. IF you can notice, other than the Reclining Buddha and some mid size Buddha images - there is no large-scale classic Buddha statue at Wat Chaiya. This could be the reasons why the temple management has added a separate temple at the side to install an image for people to worship. This entire structure, along with some others (one of which is a Kuan Yin featured bellow of this page) and decoration follows Mahayana Buddhist standard with a strong Chinese influence, similar to designs used at the Kek Lok See Buddhist temple.

The Chief Abbot residence at Wat Chai, Penang Next, some people who may have been familiar with Thai temple culture would wonder why Wat Chaiyamangalaram has no monk(s) at duty to perform prayers for worshippers. No. It has. I have found my way into the small house located at the right hand side of the temple (at the front of the Chedi). It prohibits visitors to disturb (rather than using the NO PHOTOS warning sign). Inside, the monk at duty will offer visitors prayers. In fact, if you are more inclined to old stuffs, this place also exhibits many old pictures and aged Buddha images of various forms and sizes. I have asked, they are not for sale - only act as a mini museum. I have never asked if this is the residence of the Chief Abbot of Wat Chaiya. But one thing I like about the method and seriousness of the way how the monk at duty performing his prayers - serious, lengthy and very observant to the amulet(s) (If you have before deciding what to pray.

An exhibit of beautifully crafted Kuan Yin images at the side hall of the  reclining Buddha at Wat Chai Thai Buddhist Temple in Penang Island
 
There are two installation of images with Buddhist interest at the right hand side of Wat Chaiyamangalaram. Both are considered to be "popular" forms within the Chinese Buddhist community - One is a Four-Faced Buddha and another is a Kuan Yin. Along with the new Buddha temple at the left hand side, the Kuan Yin Image was housed at the right hand side, each serves to compliments the center section where the main Reclining Buddha Image locates. These various Kuan Yin images from large to mid-sizes are very presentable and in fact, I am kind of surprise to see its details (click on one of the image for an explosive view below).

A closeup view of an instaled beautiful Kuan Yin Buddhist image at Wat Chai, Penang A sectioned 4 Faced Buddha image at Wat Chai, Penang A newly installed Monk image of PHOTAN KRUAT at Wat Chaiyamangalaram, Penang
The four faces Buddha has many followers in Malaysia and Singapore. The scale of the Image form at Wat Chaiyamangalaram Thai Buddhist temple is quite impressive too. Unlike many other local Thai temples, the 4 Faced Buddha here at Wat Chaiya has less Indian facial expression.

That is not all. Behind and at other sides of the Wat Chaiya Thai Buddhist temple has many other secondary Buddhist statues. One that shown like a new installation here is a Photan Kruat and I notice it does has many followers worshiping this image form. The earlier section has a few others under a tree (left hand side, behind the Monks Squatter), strangely, those are Statues and Figures of very high quality and wondering why they are placed unnoticeably at such a location.
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