Malaysia is a historic land with affluent Chinese ancestors called Babas settling in the Straits Settlements of Penang, Malacca, and Singapore. Years after, the Brits find their way to the islands and the mainland, conquering it and its natural wonders. The Babas, known for their unique ways, were quick to adapt some interesting customs from the colonizing country. This, their own and some other trading countries, including that of Thailand, formed the now unique culture of the Malays. The Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Temple Penang is one of the best examples to this relationship. It is the 3rd largest Thai Buddhist temple in Malaysia.
Situated in George Town, Penang Island, it is being frequented by tourists for its Reclining Buddha statue with many other smaller shrines of different Buddhas and popular Thai deities in front of the structure. The Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Temple Penang is truly a visit to the religion of Thailand with its temple grounds paving home to many colored Devas statues as well as other mythical creatures on display. For those interested, the temple is open as early as sunrise and closes before sunset. The Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram Temple Penang entrance remains free to this day so take advantage of the generosity.