The front compound and green garden of the Cheah Kongsi at Beach Street, George Town. Cheah Kongsi is one of the several major and oldest Chinese clan associations in Penang.
The Ng Kongsi is a Cantonese clan association that is located at King Street, George Town. Its building has a unique Chinese architecture that features a jagged or zig-zag shaped roofline. The shape is designed such to display an element of fire, according to local belief.
One of the most common mythical creatures in Chinese lore is the Qilin. Qilin looks like a cross-breed of a dragon and a giraffe although historically, Qilin was said to have originated from the giraffe. According to Chinese beliefs, Qilin is a divine creature that protects against evil and therefore, usually appears as sculptures or paintings in temples as well as in ancient Chinese architecture.
A tall giant statue of the Buddha within the hall of Dhammikarama Burmese Temple.
Dhammikarama Burmese Temple is located just opposite the Wat Chayamangkalaram Buddhist Thai Temple, and is also one of the popular sites to visit in George Town. Various statues of buddha and mythical creatures of the Burmese beliefs can be found in the temple’s garden. The temple was built in 1803 and in 2011, the Golden Pagoda Bell Tower was also completed within the temple grounds.
Wat Chayamangkalaram (also known as the Sleeping Buddha or Reclining Buddha Temple) is a Thai temple located at the Burma Road area of Pulau Tikus, Penang. It was found to have been built in 1845 on a piece of land granted to the Siamese community in George Town by Queen Victoria, and also houses one of the world’s longest reclining Buddha statues. The temple is one of the main highlights of Penang tourism places, attracting both locals and foreigners.
Today also marks the birth of the Buddha, the Vesak Day.