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.
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