Wat Nikrodharam

Wat Nikrodharam, a beautiful temple

The gorgeous pediment of Wat Nikrodharam, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

The gorgeous pediment of Wat Nikrodharam, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

One of the interesting landmarks and religious architecture found in the Kedah state capital of Alor Setar is the Wat Nikrodharam, a Siamese temple. Built in 1968, it’s an imposing edifice within a complex with the main temple at the center and located between Jalan Telok Wanjah and Jalan Stadium.

What is striking is its architecture that has Thai elements infused with some Chinese motifs, an influence borne by a minority of Chinese Buddhist and Thais (Indians also form the minority) living in the state. Kedah is nearer the Thai border than the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur.

As can be expected in a wat, there are plenty of stunning details and colors. From nagas to the garuda, icons of Thai Buddhism, from multitiered roofing to serpentine roof finials called lamyong. What’s more interesting, it has a Buddha figure that has three faces and four pairs of arms, which recall Hindu iconography.

Check additional images below.

Left, image of the Buddha; right, detail of a naga in one of the stupa

Left, image of the Buddha; right, detail of a naga in one of the stupa

Left, detail of the pediment of the Wat;s front; Right, Buddhist altar near the Wat

Left, detail of the pediment of the Wat;s front; Right, Buddhist altar near the Wat

Wat Nikrodharam, a Thai Buddhist structure that is the center of Buddhist veneration in Alor Setar. Because most adherents are minority chinese, notice the chinese style of architecture in the kiosk by the gate.

Wat Nikrodharam, a Thai Buddhist structure that is the center of Buddhist veneration in Alor Setar. Because most adherents are minority chinese, notice the chinese style of architecture in the kiosk by the gate.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

4 Comments

  1. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    November 13, 2013 @ 0:06

    from a far, I really thought this was chinese! but still beautiful.. 🙂

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