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Wat Rakhangkhositaram, Bangkok

       Wat Rakhangkhositaram is a Buddhist temple in Rakhangkhositaram, Thailand. One of the oldest and famous temples in Bangkok. Many people are familiar with this temple because of its well-known and popular amulet. Thai people believe that if they have the opportunity to make merit at Wat Rakhang, it will make their life popular and famous throughout the year, much like the temple’s name, which refers to the huge bell. This beautiful temple is steeped in history. It is a convenient mode of transportation that is popular with both Thai and foreign tourists. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Thailand, don’t miss out on visiting and making merit at Wat Rakhangkhositaram.

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Wat Rakhangkhositaram history

      Wat Rakhang is a second-class royal monastery and the temple has an old Tripitaka hall, which inside, there’re beautiful and precious Thai paintings, It is on Arun Amarin Road in Bangkok, near Siriraj Hospital, Wang Lang Market, and Ban Khamin Junction. The former name is the “Wat Bangwayai” building in the Ayutthaya period. King Taksin of Thonburi Kingdom required restoring the temple and was appointed to a royal temple. when King Rama I reign, While restored the temple, the old bell was found around the temple then King Rama I ordered moving the bell to Wat Phra Kaeo after that the king offered five bells to the temple and gave the new name “Wat Rakhang”. In the reign of King Rama IV, The temple has changed the name to “ Wat Rajkanthiyaram” but people still remembered the old name and call Wat Rakhang until now.

What is most interesting in the temple?

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Desirable smiling buddha

       The buddha statue was built from Bronze and has an aspect in The attitude of meditation, The toward of the buddha has three monks prostrating and listening to Buddha’s sermon. The buddha was adored that Beautiful and invaluable. Once When King Rama V visited the temple, he said “Not any temple like this one, when stepped in the door of Buddhist temple, the buddha has a desirable smiling to the guest”. King Rama V offered the name  “Desirable smiling buddha” at the moment. Would you like to see How the buddha smile? come to visit the temple.

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How to behave when you visit Wat Rakhangkhositaram

       The regulation of Wat Rakhang is no different from other temples in Thailand, the prohibited dress is Short pants, short skirts, tight shirts, thin clothes, tank top, flip-flops, sleeveless shirt, and do not take the shirt outside of the pants. The cost of the Ticket is 20 baths per one, If you would like to visit the temple purchasing a ticket in front of the temple that the only way, The temple opens daily 08.00 AM – 5.00 PM.

For more information please contact 024182729, 024112255 

website: http://www.watrakang.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/watrakhang.official

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/u7PWUUDY3YF4LCni6

 

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How to travel to Wat Rakhangkhositaram

Travel with the BTS sky train system and Chao Phraya Express Boat

             This is the best way to travel, the BTS sky train system can avoid the traffic jam in Bangkok and save your time. When you arrive at any BTS station that the station you would get off is “siam” and then walk to another side to wait for The Sukhumvit line after that get of at “Saphan Taksin (S6)” and walk to exit number 2, you can find Sathorn Pier of Chao Phraya Express Boat under the Bts station.

              Purchasing the ticket of an orange-flag boat, It has a cost 15 bath per one and then gets off Tha Chang Pier (N9), Walk from the pier and there have a ferries travel across the river, the fee is 4 bath per one, the ferries have round 10 – 15 minute. When you crossed the river,  the temple is near. You can check the cost of the train and boat through the link of the website below.

The starting point: BTS any Station

https://www.bts.co.th/eng/routemap.html, http://www.chaophrayaexpressboat.com/en/services/

Saiyok Noi Waterfall

Saiyok Noi Waterfall

            SaiYok Noi waterfall, also known as Nam TokKhaoPung by locals, has long been popular. The name KhaoPung, which means crumbled mountain, comes from the

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Khao Chi Chan

Khao Chi Chan

             Khao Chi Chan is another well-known tourist destination in Chonburi province. There is a Buddha image carved on a rock cliff in the shape

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E-Tong Pilok, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

E-Tong Pilok

E-Tong Pilok Village is located in Thong Pha Phum District, Kanchanaburi, near the Thai-Burma border, and was once a thriving mining town. However, after the

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Wat Pathum, Bangkok

       Wat Pathum, the temple is between two shopping malls Siam Paragon and CentralWorld and the opponent the street of Siam Square, It is the most convenient to visit. It was established in 1857 by king Rama IV, The temple is a third class royal temple and it has the official name “Wat Pathum Wanaram Ratcha Wora Viharn”. The temple has a famous Place of meditation because it has many trees cover around the temple that seems located in the forest despite the temple is among the city however this is a surprisingly quiet place suiting for meditation.

Wat Pathum

Wat Pathum story

        His Majesty King Mongkut ordered the construction of this temple in 1857 to honor Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Somdej, and appointed Chao Phraya Borom Mahaphichaiyat as project leader, Phraya Sampopphai as construction supervisor, and invited monks from Wat Bowonniwet Vihara to serve as abbot. The building was finished in 1861, but the celebration was canceled because the queen died. As a result, the celebration was moved to December 21, 1867, for a five-night period.

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       During the 2010 Ratchaprasong Intersection crackdown, Pathum Wanaram Temple was used as a “apocalyptic area” to take the wounded to safety. On May 19, 2010, one person was killed by a gunshot. According to eyewitnesses and autopsy results, all six died from high-velocity projectiles fired by soldiers stationed on rails at the BTS SkyTrain, which was located between Rama 1 Road and in front of Wat Pathum, according to the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court in 2013.

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Phra Racha Sattha pavilion forest garden

       Wat Pathum Wanaram Ratchaworawihan It is well-known from the forest in the heart of the city. It is also known as the “Phra Racha Sattha pavilion forest garden” because it is densely forested. Until visitors could hardly see the tall buildings around them, as if they were standing in the middle of a forest. As a result, it is a place for meditation and dharma listening. In 2013, the temple was also awarded for outstanding architectural conservation. This temple is home to Phra Serm and Phra Saen, two ancient Buddhas in Vientiane’s Lan Xang art style. During King Mongkut’s reign, both Buddha forms were enshrined.

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How to behave when you visit Wat Pathum

       The regulation of the temple is no different from other temples in Thailand, the prohibited dress is Short pants, short skirts, tight shirts, thin clothes, tank top, flip-flops, sleeveless shirt, and do not take the shirt outside of the pants. There is no cost to visit the temple. The temple opens daily 07.00 AM – 6.00 PM. For more information please contact 0222516469 

Website http://watpathumwanaram.com/main/contact.php,

https://www.facebook.com/pathumwanaram.

Wat Pathum

How to travel to Wat Pathum

Travel with the BTS sky train system

       This is the best way to travel, the BTS sky train system can avoid the traffic jam in Bangkok and save your time. When you arrive at any BTS station that the station you would get off is “siam” and then walk to exit number 5 and walking strength, you will find the temple. You can check the cost of the train through the link on the website below.

The starting point: BTS Any Station

https://www.bts.co.th/eng/routemap.html,

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Wat Intharawihan, Bangkok

        Wat Intharawihan, also known as Wat Indravihan, is a Buddhist temple complex near the Chao Phraya River known for its massive standing Buddha image. Anyone who has ever visited the Thewet area will remember seeing a large and beautiful golden Buddha from a distance, whether from the side of Samsen Road or driving down from Rama VIII Bridge. “Luang Pho To” is a significant symbol of Wat Intharawihan, a well-known old temple in the Thewet area.

Wat Intharawihan

Wat Intharawihan story

        Wat Intharawihan, the temple was built in 1752 beginning of the Ayutthaya Kingdom, It is the third class royal temple. It was originally named Wat Rai Phrik or pepper field temple in the Thai language because there had a garden of pepper surround the temple at that moment. During the reign of King Rama, I after restoring the temple changed the name to Wat Intharawihan During the reign of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) in the early 20th century. The most famous in the temple is high standing Buddha statue known as Luang Pho To which is the highest buddha status in Bangkok, 32 meters in height, and 10 meters wide. Moreover, the temple has Relics of the Buddha which was a gift from the government of Sri Lanka in 1978 at the top of the status.

What is most interesting in Wat Intharawihan?

Wat Intharawihan

Luang Pho To Buddha statue

        Luang Pho To or “Phra Si Ariyamettrai”, The highest buddha status in Bangkok. It had to spend the amount of time to complete the status around 60 years between 1867 and 1927, The cause of delayed construction in King Rama IV came from the death of “Somdej Toh” who was the pioneer in this project however the construction still going on until complete in King Rama VII.Do not miss seeing a huge Buddha status from your eye and worship for a better life.

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How to behave when you visit a temple

        The regulation of Wat Intharawihan is similar to other temples in Thailand, the prohibited dress is Short pants, short skirts, tight shirts, thin clothes, tank top, flip-flops, sleeveless shirt, and do not take the shirt outside of the pants. There is no cost to visit the temple, The temple opens daily 08.00 AM – 5.00 PM. For more information please contact 02-628 5553.

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How to travel to Wat Intharawihan

Travel with BMTA and walking.

        Taking bus number 65 at Sanam Luang and get off the bus station in front of the bank of Thailand then across the street to another side, will meet the temple. You can check the cost of the bus through the link to the website below.

The starting point: Sanam Luang

http://www.bmta.co.th/en/lines

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Wat Suthat (Wat Suthat Thepwararam)

       The Wat Suthat Thepwararam is close to Bangkok City Hall, the Giant Swing, and the Brahmin Church, Bamrung Muang Road, Tithong Road, Unakarn Road, and Soi Sa Song are the roads that surround the area on all four sides. The temple was constructed from King Rama I’s reign until it was completed. There are beautiful buildings as seen today, and it had passed into the reign of King Rama 3. Traveling to Wat Suthat is very convenient because the temple is located in the heart of the city, with many roads and close to important places. As a result, there are parking lots and buses that run along many lines. Because of the modern streets that first appeared during King Rama IV’s reign, the Giant Swing area was once considered one of Bangkok’s most prosperous communities. Wat Suthat is a popular temple for both Thai and foreign tourists. Many people come to visit because it is a beautiful temple that is easy to get to; today we will learn more about it.

Wat Suthat

Wat Suthat story

       Wat Suthat is a first-grade royal temple from the Rattanakosin era in Thailand. In 1807, King Rama I ordered the temple to be built and gave it the name “Wat Maha Sutthawat” for the first time. It is the location of Sri Sakyamuni and Setthamuni Buddha. The temple was not finished until King Rama III’s reign in 1848. UNESCO designated the temple as a World Heritage Site in 2005. There was a horror story that occurred during King Rama III’s reign, and you can see the painting on the temple’s wall, which depicts a PETA, which is a type of ghost in Buddhism, sleeping on the floor with many Monks considering the body. Locals believe a PETA has ever appeared near the temple because of the evidence on the wall. Wat Suthat also houses the ubosot (ordination hall) of Phra Buddha Trilokachet and the Sala Kan Parian of Phra Buddha Setthamuni (meeting hall).

What is most interesting in Wat Suthat ?

Wat Suthat

The giant swing

       King Rama I built the Giant Swing in front of the Devasathan shrine in 1784. The swing ceremony was discontinued during Rama II’s reign because the swing had been structurally damaged by thunderbolts. It was renovated and relocated to its current location in 1920 to make way for a gas plant. The ceremony was repeated until 1935, when it was canceled due to several fatal accidents.

      The last renovations were completed in 1959, and the wooden pillars were showing signs of serious damage after 45 years of exposure to the elements. In April 2005, major reconstruction began. Six teak tree trunks were used in this project. The two used for the swing’s main structure are over 3.5 m in circumference and over 30 m in height. The remaining four are 2.30 m in circumference and 20 m in height and are used for support. [1] The swing was removed in late October 2006, and the work was completed in December of the same year. The rebuilt swing was devoted in September 2007 during royal ceremonies presided over by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The original swing’s timbers are housed in the Bangkok National Museum.  The Giant Swing, along with Wat Suthat, was proposed as a future UNESCO World Heritage site in 2005.

       There have two a Gian swing in Thailand, one is at Isuan Hall Nakhonsritammarat province and another at Toward of Wat Suthat Bangkok however The one at Bangkok has more famous than the other. A Gian swing has Thai name “Sao Chingcha”. It is a religious structure in Bangkok and the primary duty is Swinging Ceremony which is main purpose activity is to welcome the Shiva Deity. The merits of the activity are offered to the King. There has a historical record that Some men would swing well over 20 meters in the air. After several fatal accidents, the swing ceremony was canceled in the 1930s.

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Wat Suthat Thepwararam's Architecture

       The architecture of Wat Suthat Thepwararam is from the early Rattanakosin period, with influences from the Ayutthaya period as well. The viharn, the ubosot, and the viharn Kot, the Supreme Patriarch’s residence, comprise the architecture. This was the home of the 12th Patriarch, Somdej Phra Ariyawongsagatayara. There is also a pavilion, a floating pavilion, and a bell tower within the temple. With a width of 23.84 meters and a length of 26.35 meters, the viharn reflects the architecture of the early Rattanakosin period, which was influenced by Phra Viharn Mongkhon Bophit, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

       The viharn’s roof is a two-story ancient Thai style decorated with colored glazed tiles. Blue bouquets, rooster leaves, and swan tails adorn the table. There are three carved wooden doors on each side of the temple, one in front and one behind it. It is said to be a masterpiece of King Rama II’s handiwork.

       Wat Suthat Thepwararam’s Ubosot It is thought to be Thailand’s longest ubosot. It was built during the reign of King Rama 3 and has a width of 22.60 meters and a length of 72.25 meters, and it houses the Buddha Trilokachet. Around the magnificent frescoes, the Buddha image in the subduing Mara posture, which is the main Buddha image in the ubosot, appears. The Ubosot’s most interesting feature is the glass wall in the north and south, which serves as a residence for the royal “sprinkling” ceremonies to the people.

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Preta of Wat Suthat

       The temple, which dates back to the Rattanakosin Kingdom, was a location where myths about the undead were told. According to Buddhist and Siamese beliefs, preta are often depicted as a tall hungry ghost with a thin body and a frightening howling cry. It is said to appear frequently at night in front of the temple. Until it was stated that “Pret Wat Suthat” in conjunction with “Raeng Wat Saket” or “Wat Saket’s Vultures”

       However, it is assumed that what folks see as the preta of Wat Suthat stems from a misinterpretation of the Sao Chingcha, or Giant Swing, a towering Hindu structure that stands in front of the temple at night when there is no more light. Furthermore, one mural in this temple’s ordination hall depicts a painting of a preta lying on the ground to feed water to the monks.

Wat Suthat

How to Act When Visiting a Temple

       Wat Suthat’s regulations are similar to those of other Thai temples; the prohibited dress is
Short pants, short skirts, tight shirts, thin clothes, tank top, flip-flops, sleeveless shirt, and no shirt outside of the pants. The ticket costs 20 baths per person. The only way to visit the temple is to purchase a ticket in front of the temple. The temple is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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How to travel to Wat Suthat

       Take The MRT Blue Line and get of Sam Yot Station(BL30) and then walking to exit number three after that You can see Bangkok Bank and walk straight on Unakan road then you will meet the intersection and keep going straight, you can see the entrance of Wat Suthat School on the left-hand side and Wat Suthat. You can check the cost of the train through the link on the website below.

Address : 146 Bamrung Muang Road Sao Chingcha Subdistrict, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/DMXB1iZ8hxpHn2dK8

Open for viewing: 08:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tel : 0-2622-2819

Website : https://www.facebook.com/WatSuthatBangkok/

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