Sunday, June 22, 2008

Buppharam Buddist Temple

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Buppharam Buddist Temple

The Entrance


Note: information from various websites and personal visit, but mainly from
Photo are taken by Snapshot with a Fuji S700 compact zoom. During Wesak Day.

The Entrance


Located at No 8, Jalan Perak, George Town, Penang Island – the longest road in Penang. Actually to me it is located at Pulau Tikus.

What Here

It is Build in 1942 by a Thai Buddhist monk named Phothan Srikheaw, who was regarded as the first Chief Abbot of this temple. This relatively small but old Thai Buddhist temple complex was built in 1942 by a The founding father of the temple is honored by a gold leaf covered image, together with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Chief Abbot of this temple, located at the front portion, near to the main building of this temple. This Temple is also know as SAKAK CHAN WA and The Temple of the Lifting Buddha

The temple grounds are decorated with various mythical religious creatures, such as the traditional Thai Nagas, and deities that popular Thai religion "borrowed" from other cultures, a mixture of Hinduism and Taoism. The statue of Ganesha, the elephant headed Hindu deity is placed at the main entrance. On the left, there is a beautiful shrine consecrated to the goddess Kuan Yin, a Mahayana Bodhisattva, and on the far side leading to the burial grounds, there is a small shrine to the Land God, a Taoist deity. In spite of its modest size, Wat Buppharam has arguably one of the largest temple arches in Penang.

There is a mini Buddha statue which was placed at one of the room to let visitors/worshippers seeking for spiritual guidance for personal and/or business matters. This has lead to the name The Temple of The Lifting Buddha. Here you can check if your wish will succeed by Praying and then attempting to Lift the Buddha.

Personal Comments.

As I was visiting on Wesak Day, due to the crowd and baby sitting duties I did not attempt to go into the temple. I will need to visit the temple another time. The Photos taken are of the exterior of the Temple.


What Else in the Area.

At the nearby Pulau Tikus near the Police Station there are coffee shop that offer the Unique Penang Street Food. There are 2 nearby Temples at Lorong Burma.

I actually find this temple more interesting then the near by and more popular Temples.
Prayer items on sales

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Penang Tourist Attraction

A friend ask me to group Penang Tourist attraction in to enclaves or section in order for more efficient site seeing.

Well, here it goes, the listing is a work in progress and I may have left out items, so readers out there if you do find any thing missing, or wish to promote a site by all means send me a comment.

George Town

- Fort Corvallis - Good Mamak Mee can be found here (Blog Post)
- Clock Tower, Persiran King Edward
- Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, Lebuh Leith
- Goddess of Mercy Temple Pitt Street
- Majid Kapitan Keling
- Clan Floating Villages (House on stilts at the Harbour
- Buildings at Bishop Street
- India Quarter – (Nasi Kandar)
- China Town, Various Temples in area
- Nagore Shrine, Lebuh King
- Penang Islamic Museum, Lebuh Armenian
- P. Ramlee's Birthplace & Gallery, Jalan P. Ramlee
- Penang Museum and Art Gallery, Lebuh Farquhar
- Pinang Peranakan Mansion, Church Street
- Segara Ninda – former home of Ku Din Ku Meh, Jalan Penang
- State Art Gallery, Dewan Sri Pinang
- Sun Yat Sen's Penang Base, 120 Armenian Street
- Proposed Dr. Sun Yat Sen Museum, Lorong Susu
- Acheen Street Mosque, Lebuh Acheen
- The Church of the Assumption
- Han Jiang Ancestrial Temple of the Penang Teochew Association, Lebuh Chulia
- Khoo Kongsi, Lebuh Cannon
- Sri Mariamman Temple, Lebuh Queen
- St. George’s Church, Lebuh Farquhar
Food (Stand alone)
- Nasi Kandar Line Clear at Alley Way
- Char Koey Teow at Lorong Selamat
- Open air food court & kopi tiam at New Lane
- New World Park Food Court
- Chicken Rice at Chulia Street

Pulau Tikus Area
- Dharmikarama Burmese Temple, Lorong Burma
- Nattukotai Temple, Jalan Air Terjun
- Wat Chayamankalaram, Lorong Burma
- Botanical Gardens, Jalan Air Terjun
- Youth Park

Ayer Itam
- Penang State Mosque, Jalan Masjid Negeri
- Kek Lok Si Temple, Ayer Itam
- Penang Hill

South Island inc Balik Pulau Area
- Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Balik Pulau (older then St Anne)
- Oeding-Erdel factory tour, Bayan Lepas
- War Museum, Batu Maung
- Snake Temple, Sungai Kluang
- The Aquarium of the Fisheries Research Institute, Batu Maung
- Admiral Cheng Ho Temple (Blog Post)
- Bukit Jambul Orchid and Hibiscus Garden, Bukit Jambul
- Kampung Seronok, Batu Maung
- Pulau Jerejak
- Penang Bridge

Beach / North (Tg Bungah – Batu Ferringhi)
- Toy Museum, Tanjung Bungah
- Butterfly Farm, Teluk Bahang
- Teluk Bahang Recreational Forest, Jalan Teluk Bahang
- Tropical Fruit Farm, Jalan Teluk Bahang
- National State Park
- Tropical Spice Garden, Jalan Teluk Bahang

Mainland (SPS, SPT)
- St. Anne’s Church, Bukit Mertajam
- Bukit Mertajam Recreational Forest
- Bukit Panchor Recreational Forest (blog Post, Bukit Panchor State Park)
- Penang National Park - our little green pocket
- Pulau Jerejak
- Pulau Aman
- Mengkuang Dam, Bukit Mertajam
- Penang Bird Park, Jalan Todak
- St. Anne’s Church, Jalan Kulim, Bukit Mertajam