Wat Koh Wanararm Langkawi – The Hidden Lucky Temple
Wat Wanararm got its name ‘Lucky Temple’ as devotees attribute healing and miracles when they pay their respects and conduct prayers in the temple.
The Lucky Temple is the most interesting Thai Buddhist temple on the island of Langkawi.
This Thai influenced Buddhist Temple is a popular destination with devotees and tourist.
Thai Holy Monk, Luang Phor Khoon
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.
The gesture of the devotees pleased him. He helped the devotees to build the temple on donations from devotees.
Luang Por Khun visited Langkawi in 2000 and raised RM3.0 million which was used to buy a piece of land in the northeast part of 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.
Monks and dignitaries from Tibet, Taiwan and many Asian countries, local authorities, NGOs and the local Buddhist community attended the opening ceremony.
Wat Wanararm The Hidden Jewel
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.
Ever since its opening, many devotees and worshippers continue to make their pilgrimage here to practice meditation and to pray.
What are the structures at Wat Koh Wanararm Temple Grounds?
The main hall with a large Buddha statue and wall paintings depicting events in Buddha’s life.
The largest building is the central main prayer hall, which is peaceful and quiet when as you step in.
It is serene as you enter.
A monk seated in a lotus position will welcome you.
He blesses devotees with drips from a golden bowl containing holy water and gives them 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.
Next to this building a Sima Hall; a place for all religious activities is under construction.
Overlooking the Lucky Temple is a large white marble Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) statue which is carved out of the hillside.
Crying Kuan Yin Statue
Overlooking the whole temple area is a large white marble Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) statue which is carved out of the hillside.
The Chinese Bodhisattva, the Goddess of Compassion, Mercy and Kindness is considered to be a mother-goddess and patron of seamen.
The name Kuan Yin, is a short form for Kuan-shi Yin, meaning “Observing the Sounds (or Cries) of the (human) World”.
The Bodhisattva is also known as Guan Yin, Guan Yim, Kuan Yim, or Kwan I’m.
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 facade which resembles the Chinese Bodhisattva, the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin.
In 2012, the temple commissioned two Chinese stone artisans from Fujian, China to carve the hill.
To carve the impressive 138ft statue of Kuan Yin 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. They completed the statue in 2014.
The Kuan Yin 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 Kuan Yin 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.
A Landscaped Garden
A landscaped garden with outdoor pagodas, statues, prayer wheels, fish pond and more.
Besides the statues, the temple is known for its landscape park with fish ponds, creeks, bridges, beautiful plants, prayer wheels, outdoor pagodas, and even gazebos.
The temple grounds are surrounded by lush jungle and the environment is quiet and serene.
I can hear the chirping sound of birds and insects.
There aren’t any mosquitos.
The aura of peace permeates the air.
We tread lightly, taking in the fresh and soothing atmosphere. The Zen-like stillness all around absorbs our worries and negativity.
The beauty of the Thai architecture, colors and contemplative silence is a sight to behold.
Tibetan Stupas at Wat Koh Wanararm
On one side of the temple compounds are contemplative Buddha statues and eight Tibetan Stupas, which is mound like hemispherical structure containing “relics” or remains of Buddhist monks or nuns and used as a place of meditation.
The Stupas have names such as Stupa of Enlightenment, Stupa of Many Doors, Stupa of Reconciliation and so on dedicated to various States of the soul.
I see local devotees praying and circumambulating the Stupas for merits.
Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism
Visitors to the temple would find to their surprise, the three schools of Buddhism in this temple.
Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism is practiced here.
Taiwanese people who predominantly practice Mahayana Buddhism have their Chinese Bodhisattva, the Goddess of Mercy, Kuan Yin.
The Thais from the Theravada school of Buddhism has their Buddha images and ceremonies.
The Vajrayana school of Buddhism is predominant in the Himalayan nations of Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, and Mongolia and has stupas in their temples.
How to Get to Wat Wanararm?
Just outside Kuah, you will see the turnoff to the temple on the right immediately opposite the MARA College building (Maktab Rendah Sains Mara). The turnoff is signposted.
What is GPS for self-drive?
GPS coordinates: 6° 20′ 15.63″ N 99° 52′ 26.90″ E
Is there parking?
There is plenty of FREE parking and entrance to the temple is FREE.
Donations are always welcome.
Wat Wanararm is set far off the main road and away from settlements, so it is always quiet and calm. You can spend more than an hour walking around the grounds enjoying the peaceful atmosphere.
Nearby is the Orchid Farm, so we can combine a visit to visit both attractions.
WAT WANARARM | Bukit Putih, Jalan Air Hangat, Mk Kuah, Langkawi