Located in the heart of Georgetown, on the island of Penang, the Chinese temple Khoo Kongsi was one of our favourites when exploring the city. There is a temple built by a Chinese clan in the nineteenth century to consolidate the activities of the family. The temple is set back from the street. Once in the courtyard, you'll find a pleasant surprise awaiting you. The architecture is typically Chinese, with red roofs adorned with colourful dragons, lanterns, guilding, statues, and traditional symbols. There's an entrance fee (a few ringgit) but the place is worth it.
The Yap Temple (also called Choo Chay Keong located in the heart of historic Georgetown, a UNESCO World Heritage Site), is a temple built by the Chinese Yap clan, who named it. Completely renovated in 1990, the temple is a perfect example of what you would expect of Chinese architecture, with multicolored dragons adorning the roofs, gilt statues, and incense burning in large bowls. The atmosphere of the place is very peaceful, quiet, and relaxing and there you can meet the worshipers who like to discuss the history of the place and the clan.
Located right in front of the Dhammikarama, about 3 kilometres from the center of Georgetown, Wat Chaiyamangalaram is famous for its huge statue of Buddha, which lies 33 metres in length, entirely gold-plated, and is by far the most popular Buddha in Bangkok. The reclining Buddha represents his death, and symbolises peace, and the attainment of Nirvana. The main room is really huge, with shrines to minor Buddhist deities, and a floor depicting lotus flowers. The entrance to the temple is free, and you'll need to go barefoot.