Photo Flashbacks: Penang’s Chinatown 32


We have taken a family holiday to Penang twice.  Last year we went to Penang with our school aged son and the time before that, when he was a toddler.

During our trip to Penang with toddler we took a culture tour; included in this tour was a visit to Penang’s Chinatown.

We start at the Thai Buddhist temple Wat Chayamangkalaram built in 1845 by a Thai Buddhist monk.

Lewis is a little overwhelmed by the ornate serpents guarding the temple and won’t go in.

Penang Chinatown - Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddist Temple

Thai Buddhist Temple – Wat Chayamangkalaram

Inside the temple he misses seeing the famous 33m long reclining Buddha.

Penang Chinatown - Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddist Temple

Inside Wat Chayamangkalaram – the Reclining Buddha

Plus more glittering ornate gold Buddha’s, statues and ornaments.

Penang Chinatown - Wat Chayamangkalaram Thai Buddist Temple

Inside Wat Chayamangkalaram

Across the road is the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple built in 1805.

Penang Chinatown - Dharmikarama Burmese Temple

Inside Dharmikarama Burmese Temple

Penang Chinatown - Dharmikarama Burmese Temple

Inside Dharmikarama Burmese Temple

Then we visit Khoo Khonsi a Chinese clan house that was built in 1851 as place to offer support for the Khoo family.

Penang Chinatown - Khoo Clan house

Khoo Clan house

In the courtyard is a an Opera Stage that is still used today.

Penang Chinatown - Khoo Kongsi

Opera Stage at Khoo Kongsi

Have you been to Penang’s Chinatown or another city’s Chinatown?

Penang Chinatown

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About Sally-Ann Brown

I am Sally-Ann the author of Toddlers on Tour. I am a wife and mother who has always had a passion for travel. I love sharing my experiences and lessons learned to help you have a better family holiday or day trip. Read "All About Me" under the "Home" tab to discover my story and what lead me to here.


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