A trip to Bangkok promises a myriad of experiences – whether you just want to do retail therapy, indulge in spa and massages, see the cultural aspects of Bangkok, or a little bit of everything. Continue reading
The most prominent feature of Wat Phu Khao Thong, or Temple of Golden Mountain, is the marvelous square-based stupa. The temple is thought to be established by King Ramesuan in 1387, built to commemorate victory over the Burmese army. The temple grounds also consist of an active monastery in the vicinity. Continue reading
Basked in sunlight by day, moonlight by night, the reclining Buddha, “Phra Buddhasaiyart”, draped in yellow cloth at 37 m long sleeps peacefully on a lotus pillow. While Wat Lokayasutharam is categorized as a temple, the temple grounds are barely visible. Continue reading
Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit is a fully restored temple since 1957 with history that dates back to the 1600’s. It enshrines one of the largest Buddha statue in Thailand- Phra Mongkhlon Bophit, with a total height of 16.95 meters tall. It is located right next to Wat Phra Si Sanphet so the two places can be visited together in one go. Continue reading
Wat Chaiwatthanaram is a temple in Ayutthaya built in 1630 built by King Prasat Thong. Like many of the other temples in Ayutthaya, it was looted by the Burmese in the 1760’s. Although in ruins too, I do find the extent of destruction is less and it feels more complete as compared to other temple ruins such as Wat Mahathat.
Wat Phra Sri Sanphet was originally a temple built in 1448 by King Boromatrailokanat, enshrining a 16 m tall Buddha statue made of gold. When the Burmese invaded the Ayutthaya Kingdom in 1766, the temple could not escape its fate of being ransacked. Continue reading
Wat Pho in Bangkok enshrines the giant golden Reclining Buddha, at 43 m long and 15 m high. The temple was originally a learning center for traditional Thai medicine, which was later expanded and the Reclining Buddha was built by King Rama I in 1767. Continue reading
The Grand Palace was built in 1782 which was once the residence of the previous Kings of Thailand. The Grand Palace today houses government offices and is an important venue for official ceremonies. With more than 200 years of history, new buildings were added and new architectural ideas were incorporated, resulting in a complex of buildings with eclectic architectural styles. Continue reading
Wat Phra Kaew is THE iconic temple in Bangkok that enshrines a 66 cm tall jadeite Buddha statue, and hence also the name “Temple of the Emerald Buddha”. Thailand is a country with a long history of Buddhism with the earliest signs of Buddhism as early as the 5th century.