In Penang’s Lorong Burma, a Thai and Burmese temple face each other, each holding court with their own history and splendor.
Dhammikarama (Burmese) has a giant standing Buddha, Wat Chaiyamangalaram (Thai) has one of the longest reclining Buddhas in the world. I didn’t grow up going to temples, thus the massive figures, ornate details, and explosion of color and gold from both were exciting to see up close. We went at high noon on a weekday, so the places were quiet and almost isolated, save for the temple staff.
At the back of the Wat Chaiyamangalaram is a crypt.
In Dhammikarama, also one of the tallest Burmese Buddhas in the world. At the back of this massive statue, there are representations of Buddhas all over the world.
WHAT DO DO IN LORONG BURMA
- Wear appropriate attire (I came from the beach so I wrapped a sarong around my waist
- Explore the two temples
- Get an ice-cold coconut milk ice cream sold outside the Thai temple (unfortunately it was sold out when we went)
HOW WE GOT THERE
From Penang Beach we simply booked a Grab to Lorong Burma, and back. (Grab is inexpensive in Penang, we never spent more than USD4 for a single trip.)