During my past trip to Kelantan, our friend Jimmy has brought us to 3 large Buddhist temple on 2 different days. The architectural of the temples looks so similar to those in Thailand. Why ar? Probably because of the distance which is near to Thailand..therefore most of the founder are Thais. Apart from that, the name of the temples here begin with “WAT” or better known as Temple in Thai. Am quite surprise to see such nice temples there.
1) Wat Machimmaram
Address: Kg. Jubakar, 16200 Tumpat, Kelantan
Our first stop was at Wat Machimmaram. Known as sitting buddha. It reminds me of Hong Kong’s Tian Tan Buddha at Lantau Island. Wat Machimmaram claimed as the 2nd largest sitting Buddha in South-east Asia. Height is 30 meter and with the lotus base width of 47 meter. Some said the lip is made of gold.
Alex looks like a CD seller…hahahhaha…. ^^
Alex & I
Then, this “gay” couple request for a photoshoot. LOL!!
But after its done, then only I realized Mr. Laang’s eyes were closed. So, he asked me to edit and put a pair of eyes for him.
So, this was what I did…the result..which matches him very well. hehehe…
Gorgeous dragon carving on the columns.
Noticed a blooming lotus which I love it.
I think Jimmy was giving a story telling class. As usual..I do not pay attention..just like if I travel by tours, the tour leader will be telling story and I’ll be either roaming around, taking photos or yawning…and sometimes sleeping. HAHAHA!
2) Wat Pikulthong
Address: Kg. Terbak, 16200 Tumpat, Kelantan
a small welcoming standing buddha at the entrance. Noticed the architectural of the building? This is what I meant by influential of Thai and Chinese culture.
I think they are doing some upgrading works..I noticed the paint works were pretty new.
The sun was extremely glaring. And it was burning hot..I hardly open my eyes. Therefore I frown a little ^^
More steps to go…..
This is what I came for. The glorious standing buddha with the height of 36 meter.
Other than the standing buddha…we also came here for this ‘Khao Jam’ which is popular among the locals. Also known as ‘green nasi kerabu’ or salad rice. A satisfying plate of rice for just RM1.80. You heard me right?
Porridge with chicken strips.
Ingredients to prepare “Som Tam” or Thai Papaya Salad.
An appetizing plate of “som tam”.
We were interested on these BBQ chicken wings too. And we ordered each person a piece.
BBQ Chicken Wings were surprisingly good. Well marinated, tasty and not overcooked.
We settled our lunch here. Its a small wooden hut pretty visible once you enter Wat Pikulthong. You may find it uneasy dining here with houseflies and stray dogs admiring you. Anyway…I did not “lau sai”… =p
3) Wat Photivihan
Address: Kampung Jambu, 16200 Tumpat, Kelantan
Telephone: 09-7193019, 019-9586322
Wat Photivihan known as sleeping/ reclining buddha is is one of the biggest Buddhist Temple in South-East Asia. It is 40meter long..longer than the one in Penang, which is 33meter. Siew Liek told me that those dead people’s ashes jar are placed under this sleeping buddha.
Had a good time visiting these popular temples in Kelantan. I was told by Jimmy that most of the Buddhist temples here are funded by King of Thailand. Really an eye opener to see such beautiful temples in Kelantan, often mentioned as Islamic state.