Dhammikarama Burmese Temple

The Dhammikarama Burmese Temple was constructed in 1803 and is the first Burmese Buddhist Temple in Malaysia. The temple is located in the Pulau Tikus district in Georgetown. It sits across the road from the Wat Chaiyamangkalaram Thai temple along Burmah Lane.

It was established as a Monastery or Kyaung and serves as a sanctuary for the devotees of Buddhism. It has a library, a monks quarters and a lodge. Within the compound of the temple, there are several statues of Buddha and a huge mural portraying the Renunciation of the Buddha.

Those who are culturally and historically inclined will find joy in wandering around the temple to appreciate the Burmese architecture and faith. You will also find that there are many complexes and smaller temples within the vicinity. Don’t forget to stop and admire the paintings in which the life story of Lord Buddha is painted intricately, revealing very informative and educational excerpts of his life.

Image by David James.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday: 6am – 5:30pm.




24, Jalan Burma,
Pulau Tikus,
10250 George Town,

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Hear From Others

The temple was awarded first prize in Penang State landscaping and beautification Program competition.


The oldest part of the temple is the stupa which was consecrated in 1805.

Timothy Tye
Penang Traveltips

It turns out there’s a Burmese temple right in the place, along the aptly named Lorong Burma or Burma Street.

Christian Sangoyo
Lakad Pilipinas

Nearby Attractions

Gurney Drive

A good place to unwind, Gurney Drive has it all – amazing beach view, great food and a mix of modern as well as traditional aesthetics.

Wat Chaiyamangalaram Reclining Buddha

A masterpiece to look at, the gold-plated reclining Buddha is the 14th largest reclining Buddha in the world.

Penang Botanic Gardens

An old quarry turned into a breath-taking landscape of gardens, those who come to Penang should set foot on the Penang Botanic Garden to experience the inviting greenery.