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Wat Ping Ban On


The Wat Ping Ban On is a small Thai Buddhist temple along Jalan Masjid Negeri (formerly Green Lane) in Penang. There are two temples sharing this name which are the Inner Sanctuary Temple at 355 Jalan Masjid Negeri and the Outer Sanctuary Temple at 379 Jalan Masjid Negeri.

This is the place of worship for the small community of Malaysians of Thai descent mostly come from southern Thailand. Wat Pinbang-Onn is the only temple that observes a Thai ceremony called Soong Prit. This ceremony is held to bid farewell to departed souls and a way for the devotees to show filial piety to their deceased parents and ancestors.

In this ceremony, the departed souls are invited back on the 15th day of the 10th moon of the Thai calendar. Chariots made of food are prepared for the ceremony. These are offered to the departed souls along with prayers that they rest in peace. Along with the Thais, some Chinese have also observed Soong Prit because they believe that this form of ancestral worship will bring them merit.






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