The Golden Stupas of Pulau Tikus

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Historic and breath-taking, these places of worship were once the tallest edifices in the quiet suburb.

The temples of Pulau Tikus reflect some of the neighbouring cultures that once immigrated to Penang – most notably from Burma and Thailand. Jalan Burma itself used to cut through Burmese plantations, and the lanes that branch off from the main artery – all 3.2km of it – usually took inspiration from Burma for their names: Rangoon, Mandalay, Tavoy, Irrawaddy, Salween and Moulmein, for example.

Burmese Days

The Dhammikarama Burmese Temple on Lorong Burma is the only Burmese temple in Penang. Founded in 1803 as “Nandy Moloh Burmese Temple”, it is also one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Malaysia. In typical Burmese style, the temple complex is typified by traditional Burmese stupas, shining golden above Pulau Tikus’s shophouses.


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