Wat Chaiyamangkalaram is a Thai Buddhist temple at the Pulau Tikus suburb in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Notably, the temple, situated directly across Burmah Lane from Dhammikarama Burmese Temple, contains one of the world's longest reclining Buddha statues, as well as several coloured statues of Devas and other mythical creatures.
In addition, Wat Chaiyamangkalaram, surrounded by a small ethnic Siamese community, serves as a focal point for the annual Songkran and Loi Krathong celebrations in George Town. The temple also takes part in the city's yearly Vesak Day procession.
Wat Chaiyamangkalaram was built in 1845 on a piece of land granted to the Siamese community in George Town by Queen Victoria. The land, a diplomatic gesture to promote trading ties between the British Empire and the Siamese Rattanakosin Kingdom, was presented by the then Governor of the Straits Settlements, William John Butterworth, to four female Siamese trustees.
The first monk in Wat Chaiyamangkalaram was Phorthan Kuat, a Theravada Buddhist monk from Siam also known as the 'Powerful Monk'. According to urban legend, he was very fond of asam laksa; to this day, the famous local dish is still offered to his shrine by devotees.
The Phra Chaiya Mongkol reclining Buddha statue measures 33 m (108 ft) from end to end, making it the third longest reclining Buddha statue in the world. The statue actually serves as a columbarium, in which the urns of the cremated are housed.
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