Langkawi Temples

1. Wat Tham Kisap
2. Thean Hou Temple
3. Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple
4. Wat Koh Wananram
5. Sri Maha Mariammam Devasthanam

The island of Langkawi is well known for its mystical charm, and the temples in Langkawi contribute much to it. An apt expression of the island’s religious diversity and history, the Langkawi temples demand a visit on one’s visit to the island. 

Buddhist shrines are the biggest religious draw at the island. Some of the most well known Buddhist temples here include the Wat Tham Kisap and the Wat Koh Wanaram. Stowed away amidst jungles, both the temples offer a serene refuge away from the busy tourist areas in Langkawi. However, the island’s diversity in religious practices is made evident through diverse praying centers like of Thean Hou, Langkawi’s biggest and very own Chinese temple, and the plethora of Hindu temples it houses. Each temple, of course, boasts of flamboyant architectural brilliance adhering to its own fate and history. Langkawi island also features a mosque, the Al Hana Mosque, which is one of its most prominent historical attractions. 

Here is the list of best temples in Langkawi:

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Wat Tham Kisap

- Wat Tham Kisap is a Buddhist temple, where many Hindu Langkawi temples can also be seen and the two together imbue the allure of the attraction. 

- It's a bit off the beaten path, surrounded by woods, at the foot of the same Marble Cliff as Koh Wanararm. 

- The great number of sculptures of animals, legendary beings, and monks make this place more interesting. 

- There is a big golden seated Buddha statue, which is notable for a small flat cave hidden behind the temple's structures in the marble rock.

Location: Jalan Ayer Hangat Road

Timings: 8am-5pm

How to reach: Driving from Kuah, one will come across signs on the road leading to the temple. Take the designated turn and drive about 200 meters to where the road folds. Here one leg of the division will stand the Hindu shrine, and on the other the Buddhist temple.

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Thean Hou Temple

It is one of the Chinese Langkawi temples, which was established to honor Mazu, the Chinese sea goddess.

A large porch and a prayer hall, which is shaded by a double-tiered Chinese temple roof can be seen inside the temple. 

Prancing dragons and luminous orbs adorn the roof ridges, which are adorned with colorful porcelain pieces. 

An entrance door is alongside a pair of side doors on the front façade, each one flaunting a guardian deity on its face. 

Location: Taman Seri Aman 07000 Bandar Kuah, Kedah.

Timings: 8am-10pm

How to reach: According to us the best way to reach Thean Hou Temple is by car from KL Sentral, which is a 10-15 minutes ride. All the public transport stops are 3-4 Kilometers away from the destination. 

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Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple

One of the oldest Langkawi temples in Malaysia, Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple, has been a significant religious place for all Hindus.

Lord Ganesha is the supreme deity here, protecting the area since 1781.

The place has been known as a major landmark for communal harmony because of the close proximity of a Mosque located nearby.

Despite its simple architecture, this temple attracts a major crowd from around the country. 

Location: No: 5 to 11, Jalan Tukang Emas, 75200, Melaka, Malaysia

Timings: 8am-12pm

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Wat Koh Wananram

Wat Koh Wanaram is often recognised as the most fascinating Thai Buddhist temple in Langkawi. 

The biggest draw here is the figure of Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy, carved right into the marble rock. 

Aside from the statue, the temple grounds are notable for its manicured park, which includes ponds, streams, bridges, gorgeous vegetation, and even gazebos. 

There are also eight stupas devoted to various spiritual states, which are admired by visitors a lot.

Location: Jalan Air Hangat, Langkawi, Kedah 07000

Timings: 07.00 AM- 06.00 PM on all days of the week. 

How to reach: The only way to reach the temple is by taxi or a rented car. Take the Jalan Ayer Hangat Road, then follow the signs to the temple and Orchid Farm.

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Sri Maha Mariammam Devasthanam

Sri Maha Mariammam Devasthanam is the biggest and best known of all Hindu temples in Langkawi. 

The temple’s facade stands out with its elaborate designs and sculptures. 

Like most Hindu shrines, the temple sanctum is divided into several smaller shrines, each one housing a resident deity of its own. 

Entry to the temple is free, and the temple remains open to the public at all times of the day, throughout the week. 

Location: Langkawi, Kedah

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People Also Ask About Langkawi

  1. Which are the best historical places to visit in Langkawi?

    Mahsuri’s Tomb:  Learn the entire narrative in the museum and on the grounds, about Mahsuri.
    She was an ethereal beauty, and others admired her because of her attractiveness. Out of anger and jealousy, the community sentenced Mahsuri to death. Since then, Mahsuri has cursed Langkawi for seven generations, making Mahsuri's tomb now one of the biggest attractions on the island.

    Al Hana Mosque: With its classic Moorish characteristics and magnificent interiors, Langkawi's largest mosque will steal your heart. This mosque, located in Kuah, is adjacent to the coastline and was erected in the late 1950s, making it not just sacred but also historically significant. This mosque is a sight to behold, with Uzbek and Malay elements blended together.

    Galleria Perdana:  Galeria Perdana, founded by Dr. Mahatir Mohamad, Malaysia's previous prime minister, is one of the most intriguing museums in not just Langkawi, but in Malaysia.  The museum features one-of-a-kind items that were given to Mahatir during his stint as Prime Minister.

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  2. Does Langkawi have any waterparks?

    Yes, Splash Out is Langkawi's first and only water park, surrounded on all sides by the deep blue sea. The water park, which was inspired by the year's marina voyagers, is possibly Langkawi's most popular theme park. Splash Out has 12 different water activities for kids, including wave pools, thrill rides, slides, and lagoons.

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  3. What are the tips for visiting Wat Koh Wanararm?

    Donations to the temple are spent in maintenance work, so make sure you have some change in hand. 

    As tourists at Wat Koh Wanaram are rather rare, monks may often choose to bless you with prayer and a bracelet.

    The road behind the temple leads to a jungle cave where monks retire to meditate; it is best to avoid the area in order to leave them undisturbed.

    The temple grounds have plenty of stray dogs. All of them are harmless and tourist friendly. 

    According to local legend, rubbing the belly of the Laughing Buddha Statue here would bring prosperity and good fortune. 

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  4. What is the best time to visit Langkawi?

    The island remains hot and humid throughout the year, and is prone to frequent showers. The best time to visit Langkawi is between November and March. The weather during this time is relatively cool and pleasant, making it easier for sightseeing and outdoor sports. 

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  5. How to get to Langkawi?

    1. By Flight: Langkawi has a domestic airport of its own, with regular flights from Kuala Lumpur and Penang. If you’re planning to fly internationally, you would have to first travel to either of those cities and then take the connecting flight.

    2. By Ferry: The main jetty at Langkawi is the Kuah Jetty. Ferries ply frequently and regularly between the island and places like Kuala Kedah, Penang, and Kuala Perlis. Traveling by ferry would be the easiest and cheapest way to reach the island. 

    3. By Bus: While one cannot reach Langkawi directly by a bus, one can take a bus to Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis, then travel to the island via ferry from either of those points.

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