Visiting Wat Photivihan Buddhist Temple in Tumpat, Kelantan

Reclining Buddha in Wat Photivihan Kelantan

Wat Photivihan Sleeping Buddha (Tumpat)

Our next destination was quite far from Tok Bali Beach, where we came from. It took us more than an hour before we reach the first Buddhist Temple listed in our Itinerary – The Wat Photivihan Buddhist Temple in Tumpat, Kelantan.

The Largest Reclining Buddha in Southeast Asia
The Largest Reclining Buddha in Southeast Asia

Wat Photivihan is a famous Buddhist temple located in Tumpat district, in the state of Kelantan in Malaysia. This temple is known for housing a 40m statue of sleeping Buddha. The reclining statue is the longest of its kind in Southeast Asia.

The temple is a Thai Buddhist temple and is mainly visited by ethnic Thai people since it is near the Thai Border.

Golden Buddha Wat Photivihan Buddhist Temple in Tumpat
Golden Buddha Wat Photivihan Buddhist Temple in Tumpat

Wat Photivihan temple is located at around 15km from Kota Bharu, the capital city of Kelantan. The construction of the 40m statue started in 1973 and was completed in 1979.

The reclining Buddha statue at Wat Photivihan is about 7m longer than the older statue of reclining Buddha in Wat Chaiyamangkalaram in Penang.

Inside the Buddhist Temple
Inside the Buddhist Temple

Kelantan’s state is often referred to as ‘Cradle of Malay Culture’ and has Muslims as its predominant population. Despite being an Islam following area, the state accommodates an extensive array of Wats (Temples).

Visiting the state will make you realize the affinity which the local Muslims have towards Thai Buddhism.

Reclining Buddha in Kelantan
Reclining Buddha in Kelantan

There are almost 25 Buddhist temples in Tumpat alone, but we decided to visit only two of them due to lack of time.

Many travelers who visit Kota Bharu enjoy its museums, delicious food, and traditional architecture, and most tourists are paying a visit to the legendary Wat Photivihan Buddhist temple.

The incense offering
The incense offering

Kelantan is simply a paradise for tourists who like to visit shrines and temples. The architectural brilliance of the state’s buildings is quite impressive, and the state is indeed the melting pot of various religions and cultures.

Wat Photivihan is certainly one of the most visited temples in the state of Kelantan. The statue of the reclining Buddha is the second-longest of its kind in the world, and thousands of tourists visit the temple each year to admire the beauty of the statue and for offering prayers.

Melo at Wat Photivihan
Melo at Wat Photivihan

Those who visit Wat Photivihan should also check out Wat Machimmaram, another famous Buddhist temple that houses a statue of Sitting Buddha, one of South East Asia’s largest statues. Another place of interest near the Wat Mai Suvankhiri Temple houses a huge dragon boat.

Wat Photivihan can easily be located since it’s along the highway, but I can’t see enough public transportation available in this area.

There are several interesting places to dine around the temple, and tourists will find several unique delicacies there. The ambiance of the temple is quite soothing and peaceful… something you experience in some tourist destinations.

*This trip was sponsored by ZestAir and Tourism Malaysia!

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