Buddhist temples to visit on Wesak Day

  • 17 May 2019
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If you wish to join the Wesak Day celebrations this weekend, here are some temples that you may go to. Non-followers are permitted to enter the temples and follow the procession.

1. Buddhist Maha Vihara Temple, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur
The temple follows the Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist teachings. It is the most visited temple during the Wesak celebration. A foundation stone for the temple shrine was laid down on 25 August 1894 and a majority of its patrons are Chinese.


2. Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
The temple is commonly known as Wat Chetawan. The building has authentic Thai architectural designs because the Fine Arts Department of Thailand in Bangkok was commissioned to draw up the architectural plans and to oversee its construction.


3. Wan Fo Tien Buddhist Temple, Kuantan, Pahang
Known as the Ten Thousand Buddhas Hall, the inner walls have thousands of images of Buddha carved into it from floor to ceiling. A 5.5-metre high Buddha statue sits at the altar in the main hall, made entirely from white jade.


4. Wat Machimmaram, Tumpat, Kelantan
Wat Machimmaram is famed for its 30-metre high sitting Buddha statue, which was once South East Asia's largest seated Buddha statue but has since been eclipsed by the Great Buddha of Thailand which is 90 metres high.


5. Wat Phothivihan, Kelantan
This temple was built in 1979 and houses the largest reclining Buddha statue in Malaysia with a length of 40 metres.


Photo Source: travellingthruhistory, Tourism Selangor, Lomography, Travel Chameleon, blog.malaysia-asia

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