Burnese Temple Background

Although Malaysia is a Muslim country, there are still many temples that are located all over it, especially in the Penang islands. Among the many temples that you are looking to explore, you must consider visiting the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, as it happens to be the only Bumese Buddhist temple that is located outside Myanmar. The temple is located in the Gerogetown of the Penang Islands, and lies to the exact opposite of another temple that is known as the Wat Chayamangkalaram. Outside the temple you will find a pair of two elephants guarding its entrance. Inside you will find a boddhi tree, an apartments for monks and the wishing pond.

The passionate Buddha followers have donated many statues of his, which is why you can find several serene faced images in the form of statues at every corner in the different poses. The walkway has got a series of panels lined up with the murals, that depicts and signifies the entire life journey of  the Prince Siddharta. All The murals are dressed in the typical Burmese fashion The murals show he became Buddha by first achieving nirvana.

Burnese Temple Door

History of the Temple

The temple was built in the year 1805, and one of the most notable features of this temple happen to be the images of its two guardian protectors known as Panca Rupa, that are standing over the globe. According to the Buddhists, these mystical creatures are the masters of water, air and land, having the head of a lion, body of a fish, trunk of an elephant, hooves and ears of a horse, deer horns and the wings of the mystical Garuda.

This temple was built on the land that was denoted by a Buddhist follower known by the name of Nyonya Betong. Although this is the first ever temple in Penang, it also happens to be one of the two other Buddhist temples, located on the Burma lane, within the area of Theravada Buddhist co-op.

Burnese Temple Drogan

Important facts about the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple

The temple remains crazily busy during the religious Buddhist festivals like the Wesak day and Thankyan, that is known as the water festival in English. The celebration resembles the celebration of Song Kran festival in Thailand. In this festival the followers are known to pay their regards to the elderly whereas throwing water over the younger ones.

Just like all other worship places in Malaysia, you are required to take off  your shoes while entering inside the Penang Dharmikarama Temple. You can always have your shoes placed in the rows on the steps that lead to the prayer hall.

Getting Around the Temple

The most economical way for getting around the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple is from Lebuh chulia or Komtar. You can hop to the bus #202 which is the transitlink bus, minibus 3, 88 and 26 or the Hin Bus numbered 93. If you want we at the Penang touring services can also arrange the transportation for your travelling needs, thus making sure you get around the temple without having to waste any of your precious travelling time.

Fun 60
Historical 82
Natural 74
Per person Rm119 and minimum 2 pax
Group of 10 person Rm468
Tour guide hire Rm240

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