The Longest Sleeping Buddha in South East Asia, Wat Phothivihan
Guess where is the longest sleeping Buddha in South East Asia? The answer is in Tumpat, Kelantan state of Malaysia.
Wat Photivihan is a Buddhist temple located in the district of Tumpat, Kelantan, in Malaysia. The temple is one of 25 temples found in Tumpat, and is one of the most popular in the country. The temple houses a 40-metre statue of a sleeping Buddha, which is the longest of its kind in Southeast Asia. The devotees of this temple are mainly ethnic Thais, and the temple itself is a typical Thai Buddhist temple. – Wikipedia.org
We got to know this temple for a very long time as a few our close friends are from Kelantan. In one of our working trips to Kelantan, we hired a small car to search for this famous temple.
It took us around half an hour to reach the temple from Kota Bharu. With the help of GPS and couple of turns, we found the temple.
The temple was a quiet one. There were not many visitors in the temple. Hence, the temple was clean and the giant sleeping Buddha can be clearly seen from the main entrance.
The 40 metre statue of sleeping Buddha is gigantic.
The “wheel of life” in the temple.
We didn’t stop long there. We spent probably 20 min walking around the temple and took a short rest.
It was interesting to know that there are so many Buddhist temples in Kelantan. We didn’t stay long in Kelantan and probably we should again next time.
Wat Phothivihan Address:
Kg. Jambu, 16200 Tumpat, Kelantan.