Wat Chetawan, Petaling Jaya, Selangor is the only authentic-design Thai Temple in Selangor. Its address is No. 24, Jalan Pantai, Off Jalan Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia. The temple marks the long-standing close relationship between Thailand and Malaysia. It also serves to reflect that Buddhism is one of the major religions in the Malaysia.
Also known as The Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple, Wat Chetawan was planned to be the finest Thai Temple in Malaysia. As such, the design and construction of the Temple fall onto the Fine Arts Department of Thailand. The main shrine, Vihara, is ornate with gold leaves and is crowned with a multi-tiered roof.
The monks in the temple offer blessing ceremony. The service attracts many devotees to the temple. Believers place personal items such as amulets and religious icons onto a tray held by the monk. Devotees believe that keeping the blessed items by their side will keep them safe and protect them from danger. Following the blessings, the service ends by a shower of holy water and the tying yellow strings on the wrist.
If you miss the blessing ceremony, do not be disappointed. You can also perform other activities to receive good luck within the temple. These include bathing the baby Buddha and ringing the bells at the Guan Yin Pavilion. Other favourite activities include pasting gold paper on Buddha statues and placing coins into bowls of a row of golden Buddhas.
Opening hours of Wat Chetawan, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
The temple is open daily from 7 am to 930 pm. Blessing ceremonies take place at 630 am and 7 pm. All devotees are welcome to participate in the ceremony. Admission is free and visitors are encouraged to donate to the maintenance of the temple.
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