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Subang Jaya, Malaysia
April 19, 2001
From journal Penang : The Pearl of the Orient
April 2, 2004
From journal The Colours of Asia
April 1, 2004
Many people visit Wat Chayamangkalaram to pray and to see the reclining Buddha, believed to be the third largest in the world. It is 33 meters in length. Behind the statue, there are urns that contain ashes of devotees. Your hair might stand walking in the aisle. It's a little eerie.
The floor is laid with tiles of lotus patterns. Lotus is a symbol in Buddhism. The walls of this temple are impressive. There are a few thousand Buddha in the temple, not only the main ones, but also smaller ones, which fill the walls of the temple.
Some tips :
Shoes have to be taken off for entering the temple. Also, do not put on your cap as it shows disrespect to the Buddha and please take pictures with the flash turned off.
Admission is FREE.
New Delhi, India
February 22, 2004
The temple, a traditional Thai shrine, is typical of Thai architecture - elegantly soaring, curved roofs, lots of gold paint, and plenty of ornamentation. It’s all pretty flamboyant - gold paint covers much of the building - and the inside is in the form of a long, high hall, in which the statue of the Buddha lies on its side. The Reclining Buddha is big, but that’s about it. Personally, I found it rather unattractive - the white paint on it looks like fresh emulsion. Beneath and behind the Reclining Buddha are hundreds of small recesses in the wall, each containing a ceramic urn filled with the ashes of a devotee - whose photo is pasted in front of the urn. More than a wee bit spooky.
All around, on the walls of the temple, are paintings depicting scenes from mythology; above them, the entire wall is covered with a three-dimensional pattern with tiny golden Buddhas seated in the centre of each pattern.
All in all, I didn’t like Wat Chayamangkalaram that much - it’s not as beautiful as what lies opposite, at any rate. Across the road is a temple which definitely beats this one as far as beauty’s concerned - it’s the Burmese Buddhist Temple of Dhammikarma - truly stunning. A golden spire soars up on one side; and prettily curving, ornately carved golden roofs top the temple. Inside, a tall golden Buddha towers benevolently over the quiet hall, the inside of which is richly decorated with heavily carved and polished teak and gold - quite spectacular. The combined effect, of gold and teak, is rich, yet not gaudy. This is one place I’d recommend seeing, even though it isn’t as famous as Wat Chayamangkalaram.
From journal Penang: The Real McCoy