Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dragon Guardians

Wat Chiya Mangalaram is a Thai Buddhist temple and was built in 1845, making it one of the oldest temple in Penang... The main attraction of the wat is the reclining Buddha statue which was built in 1957... It stretches 33m long and 10m high making it the largest in Malaysia and the third largest in the world... The temple entrance is guarded by a few colourful statutes of mythical creatures, including two seven-headed serpents while two beautiful dragons “guarded” the two side entrances... Within the walls of the wat are drawings of the life story of the Buddha designed and sculptured by Thai skill articians... There are about 30,000 Buddha images inside the wat and also iconography of ancient Buddha and Bodhisatta images of various types from many Buddhist countries including Cambodia, China, Japan, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

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