Penang known by many as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ is located along the northern coast of Malaysia. Connected to the mainland through the Penang Bridge the area is sub-divided into part island and part mainland territory. The island mixes old charm with modern high rise structures and despite being one of the longest in Asia, it is populated with multi-ethnicities.
The Wat Chaiyamangkalaram temple is considered one of the largest temples in the Island. It is located in Penang’s capital Georgetown which is steeped in rich history and culture. Built in 1845 on a five acre land tract, it houses the reclining Buddha stature measuring over 30 metres which is admired by all those who visit. The temple is richly decorated and is vibrant in colour and devotees flock to pay homage during Buddhist festivals.
The beauty and the charm of the temple come alive with the many structures painted in gold found in the grounds of this shrine. An extraordinary pagoda towers the structure with oriental dragons and serpents sprawled near the entrance. The festivals of the Songkran and the Loy Krathong commemorated by Buddhists are the principal festivities associated with this temple. Visitors will also be surprised to witness devotees offering Penang’s popular dish the laksa at the temple. According to legend this is due to the head monk of yesteryear’s fondness towards the dish.
Visitors to the island and those seeking a Penang Hotel when visiting Georgetown can select from a range of city to beach hotels. Located close to the Tanjung Bungah Bay is the Tanjung Bungah Beach Hotel, this three star above resort offer visitors a delightful view of the beachfront. Traveller electing for luxurious accommodation can chose the Copthorne Orchid Hotel Penang. A
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