The section view of the facial expression of the huge reclining Buddha at Wat Chaiyamangalaram Thai Temple in Penang Island

The late Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Rahman chatting with the youthful Thai King during their visit at 1967 to Penang The Thai King with the Chief Abbot of Wat Chaiyamangalaram during his royal visit to the temple in 1967
Inside the main shrine of Wat Chaiyamangalaram is where the 108 feet long Reclining Buddha locates. Although Wat Chaiya has a long long history but the Reclining Buddha was only being built in the late 60. The Thai King and Royal family visited the site in 1967 and eventually, after completion, the then General Tun Thanom officiated its opening in 1971. Today, the temple management did a wise move by displaying various archived historical photos and pictures in relation to development history of the temple for public viewing at the main hall.
The Thai King confeered honnou to the Chief Abbot of Wat Chaiyamangalaram

Wat Pu, along Chao Phaya river, Bangkok, Thailand
The Reclining Buddha is not as grand as the glittering 46m long Wat Pho at Bangkok but it presents a different feel and look. Neither, it is not as long as some other Reclining Buddha in other parts of the world, but some historian suggested it may also be ranked top 10 in the world in terms of scale. The post of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Chaiyo may has been interpreted by Penang State Tourism Board Site as "...Buddhists believe that the different postures signify different meanings - standing, sitting or reclining. The significance behind the reclining Buddha in the Wat Chaiya, for example, with the head resting in the palm of the right hand, with the head pointing northwards, signifies enlightenment or Nirvana. Underneath the reclining Buddha are niches where ashes of the deceased are kept....".
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Wax candles at the front of the Reclining Buddha image at Wat Chaiyamangalaram, Penang Various Buddhist Images at Wat Chaiyamangalaram, Penang Another Buddha Image infront of the Reclining Buddha at Wat Chaiyamangalaram, Penang The Lung Phor Thuat /Thuad at Wat Chaiyamangalaram, Penang for worship by pilgrimage The rear section of the reclining Buddha is the place to house the ashses of deceased Penang folks

Lotus candles for worship

Various Religious Images placed at the front of the Buddha.

A popular LP Thuad

Guarding the deceased

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