The Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple is situated along Burma Lane in Pulau Tikus and was founded on 1st August 1803, the temple was known as "Nandy Moloh Burmese Temple" then. This place of public worship was purchased by Nonya Betong from George Layton, granted by Sir George Leith Baronet, LT. Governer of Prince of Wales
Island, for 390 Spanish Dollars and donated to the temple.
Being one of the earliest and the only Burmese Temple in Malaysia
and featuring the historical pagoda, the temple's well and Sima hall, the temple was designated in 1988 as one of the state's historical sites to be preserved as a tourist attraction.
The temple is always managed by a Chief Monk to facilitate and complement the practice of Buddhism, the temple has a main shrine hall, a sima hall, a dining hall, monk's quarters, preceptee's lodge, Sunday school, a library and a lecture hall. The first Chief Monk of the temple was Venerable U. Nandamala.
The Dhammikarama Burmese Buddhist Temple has been identified as one of the fifteen historical sites to be launched under the visit Penang year 1988 in the state of Penang.The temple grounds which is renowned for its green and serene environment, had participated and was awarded the 1st prize in the state landscaping and beautification programme held in 1997 and 2001.
Panca-Rupa ( The Guardian Protector):
Guardian and Protector is unique as it is rare. It possesses the quality of the five best combination such as the trunk and tusks of the elephant, four hoofed legs and two agile ears of the horse, the lion-faced toe (chimera), the deer's horn, the body and tail of the fish and the two powerful wings of the Roe (Garuda). Therefore it is ideally suited for its role of guarding the world in the form of the globe.
The Arahant Upagutta Shrine, originally a small plank building, was constructed in 1840 on the present site. The new shrine was constructed in 1976 and the Arahant Upagutta Image was consecrated on 18th December 1978. Arahant Upagutta is stated to posses the power to overcome all obstacles, problems, fulfilling of wishes (examinations, sickness, etc.) and also the exorcising of evil.
Throughout the calendar year, the temple carries out many celebrations and activities such as follows:-
-Chinese New Year Ancestral Dana
-Chinese New Year Eve Candle Lighting
-Cheng Beng Dana
-Invitation for Observance of Buddhist Lent
-Buddhist Lent Dana
-Temple's Anniversary Dana
-Anniversary Subscription Dinner
-Chinese 7th Moon Dana
-Soon Dawgyi Eve Night Service
-Soon Dawgyi Dana
-Mid Autumn Festival Candle Lighting & Kathina Eve Service
-Ordination and 7 Days Intensive Buddhist Practice
-Arahant Upagutta Annual Festival