Visit Luang Por Khun Temple (Wat Koh Wanararm) Langkawi
Wat Koh Wanararm is a traditional Thai influenced Buddhist Temple in downtown, Kuah, Langkawi.
Wat Luangpo Koon Parisutto Wanararm was founded by the Thai Holy Monk, Luang Phor Khoon.
The local Buddhist community in Langkawi went to seek blessing from the famous Thai monk Luang Por Khun. He was pleased by the gesture of the devotees and helped the devotees to build a Siamese Buddhist temple.
THAI HOLY MONK, LUANG PHOR KHOON
Luang Por Khun visited Langkawi in 2000 and managed to raise RM3.0 million. This which was used to buy a piece of land in the northeast part of the Langkawi Island.
In 2006, Luang Por Khun made a second trip and helped the temple raise another RM 2.3 million to build the prayer hall. The temple complex was opened on May 22nd, 2014. It was well attended by monks and dignitaries from Tibet, Taiwan and many Asian countries, Local Authorities, NGOs & local Buddhist community.
This temple is a hidden jewel off the beaten track and not listed in any tourist guided tours. The location is a mere 10 minutes away from Kuah Town off Jalan Ayer Hangat.
Marked only by a small obscure signboard, colorful flags lead up a dirt track as you turn off the main road into the temple ground.
The largest building is the central main prayer hall which is quiet and peaceful as you step in. An attending monk sits in a lotus position blessing devotees with a golden bowl of holy water with drips and Sai Sin Sacred Thread Bracelets to bring good luck and protection.
The giant golden statues of Buddha sit beneath a mural of Bodhi Tree in the hall are magnificent. Adjacent to this building a Sima Hall; a place for all religious activities is under construction.
CRYING GUAN YING STATUE
Behind the temple is a small well-tended Zen garden fringed by a hill range. One of the hill faces had a bare white marble façade which resembles the Chinese Bodhisattva, the Goddess of Mercy, Guan Ying.
In 2012, the temple commissioned two Chinese stone artisans from Fujian, China to carve the hill.
To carve the impressive 138ft statue of Guan Ying on the stone face of the hill the artisan staged scaffolding up to build a working platform. They chisel away on the sheer vertical marble face daily for two years.
The statue was completed in 2014.
The Guan Ying is dressed in a flowing gown. She holds a jar containing pure water in her left hand, and in the right a willow branch. The Guan Ying has a sad face and tear stains emerged underneath her right eye, which stayed after rainy spells and the weather cleared up. It does look like she is crying.
The temple grounds are surrounded by lush jungle and the environment is quiet and serene. The chirping sound of birds and insects sounds can be heard. Surprisingly there aren’t any sign of mosquitos.
The aura of peace permeates the air.
We tread lightly, taking in the fresh and soothing atmosphere. Even though construction work in progress nearby, the Zen-like stillness of absorbs our worries and negativity. The beauty of the Thai architecture, colors and contemplative silence is a sight to behold.
On one side of the temple, compounds are contemplative Buddha statues and eight Tibetan Stupas, which is s mound like hemispherical structure containing “relics” or remains of Buddhist monks or nuns and used as a place of meditation.
Local devotees are seen praying and circumambulating the Stupas for merits.
THERAVADA, MAHAYANA & VAJRAYANA BUDDHISM
Visitors to the temple would find to their surprise, the three schools of Buddhism in this temple.
Taiwanese people who predominantly practice Mahayana Buddhism have their Chinese Bodhisattva, the Goddess of Mercy, Guan Ying.
The Thais from the Theravada school of Buddhism have their Buddha images and ceremonies.
The Vajrayana school of Buddhism is predominant in the Himalayan nations of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia and have stupas in their temples.
The construction of the Sima Hall is in progress. The temple will be more beautiful when it’s fully completed. It is worthy of a visit when you’re next in Kuah Town.
As you step into this little oasis of peace, may you find your equilibrium?
WAT KOH WANARARM | Bukit Putih, Jalan Air Hangat, Mk Kuah, Langkawi