Visited 3 Buddhist temples in Kelantan, Malaysia!
Today, August 8, 2011 I visited three large Buddhist temples in Kelantan, East Malaysia. They are Wat Machimmaram, Wat Pikulthong and Wat Photivihan. Wat means Temple or place of worship. I saw these temples on the internet some time back and wanted to visit. And now I have.
Many tourists visit these temples and the taxis know how to get there also. Not a problem. I have filmed my visit for you to enjoy. If you can’t get there right now, then visit through my video here.
The temples are 45 minutes drive from the capital of Kelantan State which is Kota Bahru. It is a pleasant drive but very hot…take plenty of water, hat and umbrella if you can…. I went to visit these temples with my blog team which consists of Beng Kooi, Justin Ripley, Ethan, Bryan, Pastor Loh Seng Piow and Monlam.
Enjoy and hope you can visit also one day.
The temple houses the largest sitting Buddha statue in Southeast Asia. The statue is about 30m in height and 47m wide, according to some research online, the lips of Buddha was made of gold.
The statue of the sitting Buddha was constructed after 10 years of hard work contributed by skilled various craftsmen from Thailand. The construction of the statue was completed in year 2000.
The huge complex around the statue houses several small temples of the Buddhas and Chinese deities. There are two temples in the same complex, one of the temples houses a statue of an elegant standing Buddha on the roof and the second temple is constructed on a decorated dragon boat. Also, located around Wat Machimmaram is Wat Kok Seraya, which is a temple that houses the statue of a female Buddha.
Wat Pikulthong is a popular Buddhist temple in Kelantan as it houses 3 statues of the standing Buddha. This temple was built in year 1986 and was officially opened in 1996. One of their highest statues measures around 49ft.
Wat Pikulthong has a cemetery ground, an elephant shed on one side and a school which teaches the local Thai community. Wat Pikulthong is situated at Kampung Terbak, Tumpat, Kelantan, going towards Pengkalan Kubur / Pantai Seri Tujuh area.
Wat Photivihan is a Buddhist temple located in the district of Tumpat, Kelantan, in Malaysia. The temple is one of 25 temples found in Tumpat, and is one of the most popular in the country. The temple houses a 40m statue of a sleeping Buddha, which is the longest of its kind in Southeast Asia. The devotees of this temple are mainly ethnic Thais, and the temple itself is a typical Thai Buddhist temple.
There is a Chinese Pavilion and a Tibetan style hall featuring a statue of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara with 18 arms.
Below are a few of the temples in Kelantan which I have not had the chance to visit, I hope that you will visit these beautiful places.
Wat Kok Seraya
Wat Kok Seraya is a Thai Buddhist temple in the Tumpat district, with a big golden stupa and the typical walled compound setup. The highlight is the white statue of a female Buddha, which is quite unusual in a Buddhist temple. This probably originates from the local Chinese Buddhist population and their reverence towards the Buddha Guan Yin.
Wat MaiSuwanKiri (Dragon Boat Temple)
Wat MaiSuwanKiri is located in Kampung Bukit Tanah in Tumpat. The original temple is said to have been constructed 400 years ago by expert craftsmen from Thailand. The present day structure has been built up over the past 50 or more years.
There are two main buildings that are of great interest: The Dragon Boat Temple, which gives it its popular name; and the magnificent main shrine hall, which is 3 stories high and contains many fine artworks.
Wat Phothikyan Phutthaktham
The temple is situated in Bachok, another district of Kelantan. This white standing Buddha stands at 33m in height, the temple was opened for public visits in year 2009. Another attraction of this beautiful temple is the Twin Dragon arch which measures at 600m in length, surrounding the temple walls, giving a majestic touch to the temple.
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