Tokong Cina, Kuil Myanmar, and Thai Temple

JOURNEY TO THE WEST edition (8 of 10)
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Today's agenda was to visit various temples in Penang. The first destination was located on the road to the Penang International Airport, about 20 kilometers from Georgetown. It was a very unique place called Tokong Ular or Snake Temple. Even Wikipedia says there is no other temples such Snake Temple in the world. The snakes were out of cages so we were very careful in exploring this temple. Later, we knew that actually the snakes had been neutralized of venom. A Chinese lady inside the temple told us in Bahasa Melayu that the next day would be the temple's anniversary and snakes from the forest around would come to this temple. It was too bad that we would not be there again tomorrow. Wanna see the snakes coming by their own. If you want to see various snakes, you could take a look at the 'snake farm' run by the temple. But of course, it's not free of charge like other parts of the temple.

Snake Temple in Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Snakes are worshiped in Snake Temple
I was afraid the snakes would feel threatened and bite me.
After visiting many Chinese and Thai temples before, we finally had a chance to see a Burmese temple. Dhamikarama Burmese Temple, said to be the only one of its kind in Malaysia, was located on Burmah Road. We saw from afar that there's a woman with his little daughter being blessed by a sitting monk. After that, they were asked for donation as I ever read in a travel blog. Then we did not get close to the monk. At the backyard, there were Burmese-identical dragon statues. While inside the front building, we met a Big Buddha statue and many smaller Buddha statues from different Buddhism-influenced countries (China, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and also Indonesia). Just across this temple, there's a Thai Temple named Wat Chayamangkalaram which had the World's Third Largest Reclining Buddha Statue. On the sidewalks in front of the two temples, there were many souvenir sellers as normally seen in other touristic temples area.

The two Burmese dragon statues touching a globe.
Garuda, a mythical bird which is also adopted as a national symbol of Indonesia.
I was looking at one of twenties pictures around the temple telling a story of Buddha's life.
A tall Buddha statue inside a building.
Behind the tall Buddha statue there were many other copied Buddha statues from different countries.
This one is from Indonesia
33 Meter long Reclining Buddha Statue in Wat Chayamangkalaram.
The red box beside the statue says:
"to devotees who worship this god you will have rices and good health".
We went to those temples mentioned above by RAPID Penang bus. The bus is absolutely more comfortable than buses in Indonesia. The problem is on the frequency of the bus arrival. We once waited for more than 20 minutes and still no bus came, so we decided to walk thousands meters far to KOMTAR. At the next bus stop there were two mat salleh (that's how Malaysians call white people) waiting for the bus to KOMTAR but then I initially invited them to join us to walk. They were from Slovakia! One of them was very tall, I was only as high as his shoulder. It's nice to make friends along the journey. But unfortunately, they were the last guy we made friends with in Penang. At the night we had to leave the island back to the main island by a ferry (free) and then took an overnight train to Kuala Lumpur. The trains in Malaysia that are all operated by Kereta Tanah Melayu Berhad do not run very fast. The train speed is intentionally set like that so the train from Penang would not arrived KL too early in the morning. Traveling by train seems very popular here. So, if you want to take trains in Malaysia, it is recommended to book it few days/weeks before, especially if you want to get the ADSC (sleeper coach). We were out that coach so we took the ASC sitting coach with its freezing air-con. That night, we felt like being in a refrigerator. -__-


RAPID Penang Bus
Inside RAPID Penang Bus
KOMTAR, the main bus terminal in Georgetown.
Looking at the night view of Georgetown from inside the bus.

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