Dharmikarama Burmese Temple

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  • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
  • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
  • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
  • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
  • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
  • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
  • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
  • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
  • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
  • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple
  • Dharmikarama Burmese Temple

Penang, Malaysia


24 Burma Lane, 10250 Pulau Tikus, Penang Malaysia.

Getting there

Access: The cheapest way to get to Dharmikarama Burmese Temple from Komtar or Lebuh Chulia, is to hop on board TransitLink bus #202, Minibus 26, 31 and 88 or Hin Bus #93.

Take the Rapid Penang Bus numbered 101 from Georgetown. You can catch this bus from Chulia street, which then goes to Komtar and then along the famous street - Jalan Burma. The temple is on your right hand side. There are other buses that run near to the temple with numbers 10, 103 and 104. You can also take a cab to the temple from anywhere in Penang. The ride will cost an negotiable amount of RM40 form Georgetown to the Reclining Buddha Temple.


+60 4 226 9575

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The entrance is free

Opening hours

Mon - Sun: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

The best time of the day to visit the temple is early in the morning before buses with tourists arrive. We had a fantastic time at the temple, as we were almost the only ones there (around 8:00 am).

While you are there, you could also head to Wat Chayamangkalaram, a Thai temple just a stone’s throw away (directly opposite the Burmese Temple), for another dose of learning.

During Buddhist festivals like Wesak Day (in May) it is especially interesting and fun to visit both temples.

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Dharmikarama Burmese Temple is the only Burmese Buddhist temple outside Myanmar. Located in Georgetown Penang, it stands opposite Wat Chayamangkalaram Temple, with a pair of large stone elephants flanking the front gates. Inside the pagoda grounds is a Boddhi tree, a wishing pond and apartments for monks.

Devotees have contributed many statues of Buddha, so his serene-faced image can be found at almost every corner in different meditation poses. The walkways have a series of panels with beautiful murals depicting scenes of the journey of Prince Siddharta (dressed in typical Burmese fashion) achieving Nirvana and becoming Buddha.

Dharmikarama Burmese Temple History

Built in 1805, one of the most notable features found in the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple are two Panca Rupa (guardian protectors of the world) images, which stand over a globe. These mystical creatures are said to be the masters of water, land and air respectively and have the head of a lion, trunk of an elephant, body of a fish, wings of the mystical Garuda, ears and hooves of a horse, and the horns of a deer.

The first Buddhist temple in Penang, the Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple is one of two major Buddhist temples located within the Theravada Buddhist co-op on Burma Lane. It was built on land donated by a Buddhist devotee known as Nyonya Betong.

Did You Know

The temple is at its busiest during festivals such as Wesak Day as well as Thankyan (Water Festival) in April – a celebration similar to Thailand’s Song kran festival, in which devotees splash water at each other and pay respect to elders.

As with any house of worship in Malaysia please remove your shoes before entering the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple: place your shoes along with the rows of others on the steps leading up to certain prayer halls.

How to get there

To get to the temple, there’s an easy RapidPG bus ride from the center of Georgetown. Be sure to take the one that’s heading to Burma Road (bus number 103 should take you there). 

Every taxi driver knows the place, but it might be difficult finding a driver that agrees on using the meter. If you are exploring Penang by rental car, you can park it directly in front of the temple. When you leave a parking guy comes to collect a few ringgits.

Reviews by visitors

It's right opposite the Sleeping Buddha Temple. This temple is bigger and has more sculptures for photography. Come if you happen to be within the vicinity.

~ weijei

This is one of my favourite temples in Penang. I really love the intricate wood carvings there and the paintings that depict stories about the Buddha. The temple grounds are also quite tranquil and good for taking a stroll in.

~ zhewei

The Buddha statue in this temple is really special. This is a can't miss. In addition, there are several other buildings on the complex that are very pretty as well. We've seen a lot of temples, and this is up there with the best of them.

~ livinonanisland

Beautiful temple and pagoda! Several "buildings" to see, the whole place was very nice. Don't forget to go up the tower at the back, it's not that high, but enough to have a different wonderful view! (Seems t-shirt and shorts are ok for ladies)

Just take the bus #101, about 15 min from the center.

~ adeline

I am so in love with this new temple. Newly built statue! Amazing! You can make wish in the temple. The monk can give you blessing with holy water! So amaze!

~ lilityger

One of the most gorgeous of Buddhist temples in the whole of Penang, this Wat is a must-visit place to anyone in Penang. Very close to Gurney drive, the large temple complex provides plenty to see, the biggest attraction of which is the large standing Buddha as well as the pagoda.

~ vignes

I loved this temple and what's really good about it is the sense of peace you get. I managed to catch a monk inside the big hall and he did a little prayer for us. It isn't the kind of quick prayer you get when you visit a temple on vesak day or smth and it felt genuine-at least to me. He even presonally tied the string which he dipped in holy water, on our wrists for us. The string looks somewhat like a friendship bracelet and looks way more legit then the usual ones we get. My sis also felt a sense of peace after receiving it. It's definitely worth a quick visit and you should take some time to notice the intricacy of the temple-the ceilings and the walls. Great visit :)

~ vicky

The area is huge and great for exploring Burmese architecture and Burmese culture for those who have not yet visited Burma. 

I have a fun time exploring and learning from this one temple visit.

~ elisabeth

This was opposite the Thai temple, and completely different in style. Fascinating & uncrowded, and very easy to spend at least an hour in.

~ mcpinder

The temple offers blessing by monks. A token allowance could be offered to the monk, but do place the money within a red packet (found in boxes on a table nearby) and leave the red packet in the monk's bowl. The monk would bless you with holy water and tie a yellow string on your wrist.

~ ivan

A lovely place to visit. Catch the bus 101 in Georgetown and the driver will tell you where to get off. This is not an old temple, but the décor is colourful and lovely, worth an hour of any ones time.

~ omannorfolk

Built by people of Myanmar in Malaysia, city of Penang. Very peaceful and serene, play Buddhist chants,. The gold plated pagodas are indeed splendid , visually very grand . time taken around 30-45mins, can be combined with the reclining Buddha temple, opposite to this.

~ aditya

There is so much to see around the grounds. There are many temples to enter. The main one has this beautiful 23 ft tall Buddha. The temple is the back has a breath taking view once you go to the top, of the neighboring temple. Plan on spending at least an hour or more exploring and walking around.

~ alicia

I really enjoyed this temple. the Wood carving was lovely.

The buildings and gardens were beautiful.

I enjoyed all the panels depicting Buddhas path to enlightenment. It was easy to follow unlike some others I have seen elsewhere.

Unlike a lot of other temples it didn't come across as purely being there to raise money from donations, although they certainly would not be frowned upon.

It was the first temple were I started to look at consider the teachings more than just appreciate the beauty and statues. 

That is probably the greatest praise I could give as it caused me to contemplate the world around me more then I had in a long time.

Very relaxing and mentally invigorating.

~ trevor

This large complex is a must visit when in town. The garden and the temples are just incredible. Every sculpture is interesting in its own way.

~ woaqzo

I have visited many places of worship but there is something special about this temple. There are lots of different places to worship and it all is beautiful. So glad I didn't miss it.

~ lyndab

We were surprised and amazed with this temple. Originally, we only wanted to go in front to the Thai temple but ended up seeing this one as well.

So peaceful, beautiful garden and hundred places to get a spot on picture.

~ laura

The place is calm and beautiful. I love to see the Standing Buddha in big hall. Get the blessing from the monk, he will tie one of your hand a yellow tiny rope. If you have time, you can meditate here. The only thing I dislike were the beggars and the stores selling fake amulets.

~ jncy

I have always found this temple peaceful and serene as well as educational, with its statues of Buddha showing how the Buddha was represented through the ages in various countries. I was impressed this time how clean and well-maintained the temple and its compound were.

~ alena

This temple was in the next street to where we were staying, but is also near a bus stop for the Rapid Penang bus. It's easy to visit both this, and Wat Chayamangkalaram, which is opposite. The wood panelling in the temple is really impressive, and there are charming statues in the lush green gardens. You can also go up to the top of the pagoda (there is even a lift as well as the stairs) which gives you a wonderful view.

~ difiles

Took the bus over, but it may be worth using Uber (much cheaper than taxi service in the area) or one of the tour vans. Definitely the most impressive temple we saw during our trip.

~ harry

Great to travel and see so many different cultures all in proximity to each other. you can see Burmese, Thai and Chinese temples all on the block. Great to walk through all of them.

~ islandhots

This temple is located opposite of then large reclining Buddha temple in Penang.

From outside it wasn't evident how beautiful this temple is.

On has to remove the shoes off to enter the temple and pay respect. 

The entire temple ground was absolutely wonderful.

~ sidwhite

The temple is little bit outside from center of Georgetown, but the station Sleeping Budha line 101 is there, before You will be there, You can see the golden Paya (pagoda) and golden roof of the main building - Temple. Beatiful and amasing place with many burmese temple specialities - small golden pagodas, small Buddha temple and a lot of water fishies etc. Monumental building of temple is nice and full of monks. Visit during the hot day here will open Your eyes to buddhism. It is necessery to avoid encounter whit some white barbarians, which cant respect rules of Temple... sade.

~ mike

This beautiful temple is in the midst of a busy industrial and high rise residential area. We were delighted to come across it by accident. You can spend an hour or more walking around the serene grounds, enjoying the beautiful statues and learning more about the life of the Buddha as depicted in a series of paintings. Be sure to take the lift to the top of the Golden Temple for a beautiful view of the grounds. Great photo opportunities!

~ marci

This temple has a huge shining Standing Budha, temple location in front of reclining Budha temple. Can be easily reached by Rapid Penang bus no.101. This temple surrounding is big, with great garden and other small shrine for different type of deities. Also have fish pond and turtles surrounding small shrine for Arahant Upagutta whom believed to posses the power to overcome all obstacles, problems, fulfilling of wishes and also exorcising of evil.

~ siokpekanbaru

During our stay in Georgetown we want to see some Buddhist temples. We make trip from Little India to this nice Burmese Temple and it´s amazing! You will enter through opulent gold gate and after you will see pictures from Buddha live. One sanctuary is directly in front of your nose with sitting young Buddha. From this place you enter to the nice garden with fountain with statues of womans and live fishes and turtles. Next is another small chapel with water around and after you come to small lagoon with statues. During our visit it was very quiet place and we can relax anywhere in the garden to enjoy relax time for a while. After we go to pagoda with tree floors and you can visit any of them (elevator is here too). From top floor is great view to all temple area and to surroundings. 

One of the greatest things are dragons with statue of our planet and in finish the main temple hall with very high statue of gold Buddha. 

It was very nice and relax visit and it´s good for everyone who try to find quiet place in Georgetown ;)

~ ladakocian

Probably one of the last Burmese landmarks in Penang which is located on Burma Lane by it's own name off Burma Road not far from Rangoon Road....The temple faces directly another Thai Temple.You could read all the Burmese ancient tales hang on the walls to through the temple. The whole area has been kept clean and well preserved.There is also a food canteen where you are allowed to try their foods given as an alms to the monks and workers who lives there.This temple is easy to locate...just take a Rapid Bus 101 and get down at Burma Lane bus-stop...the driver is kind enough to drop you if you are not shy to ask for assistance....

~ rangoon

I visited the Dharmikarama Burmese Temple at about 8.30am one morning just after a visit to the Thai temple across the road. I am glad I visited both temples when it was lovely, quiet and peaceful. I can imagine it getting really busy later in the day. 

A beautiful walk around the temple admiring the views, the sounds and the sculptures left me feeling very relaxed. It was nice to see the difference between the two temples in a short space of time while the detail was fresh in your mind.

~ lucky

Must visit if you like buddhist temples. Overflowing with tourists all the time.

Witness the Burmese and Thai style of temples in the same area.

~ nehasharma

What an amazing place all the carvings and offerings the gardens were immaculate, well worth the visit.

~ allison

The culture of this people was evident on their colorful temples. There were a lot of tourist and every corner was nice to take pictures.

~ jenny

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