The 60s meets the future; Wat Chayamangkalaram, Penang, Malaysia
Today’s instalment of The 60s meets the future is a bit shorter than the previous ones, mostly because there’s only one picture of Wat Chayamangkalaram, but also because I’m currently painting the staircase of a hippy commune in Melacca. Ah me, the situations we find ourselves in.Wat Chayamangkalaram is home to the largest reclining buddha statue in Malaysia. Reclining Buddhas are especially sacred as they represent the Buddha laying down to die and achieving the final stage of enlightenment. As you can see this particular reclining Buddha has attained some swanky gold robes and walls since 1960.
This temple is also the Buddhist equivalent of a cemetery as underneath the Buddha is a large chamber, the walls of which are covered in what appear to be little cupboards in which the ashes of the departed are kept. On each ornate little door the dates and particulars of that person are written and often a little photo too. At the temple you can buy beautiful lotus flower wreaths to lay for your lost loved one.