Bangkok & Nearby
Winding canals and water ways have earned the current capital of Thailand ‘Bangkok’ a reputation as the Venice of the east. But to the eight million people who work here, it is known as Krung Thep or city of angels. Bangkok is at the heart of Thai culture, politics and education. But the city also reflects the changing face of Thailand. A world that startles the competing ideals of tradition and 21 century progress. Where ever you look the city is alive with vibrant color and an infectious energy. Bangkok emerged along the banks of the Chao Phraya River during the late 1700’s, ever since this river the mother of waters has been the most important river in Thailand. Navigable in its entire length of 225 miles the Chao Phraya servers as vital commercial and cultural link for much of the country. There is a rich history along these banks. Including the stunning temple of Wat Arun, nearby the spiraling towers forms a distinctive silhouette known as Prangs; these towers are quite essential symbol of Thailand. The larger or central prang is the home of the gods, while the smaller prangs represent the four winds. King Rama II began construction of Wat Arun in the early 19 century, fragments of ceramic and Chinese porcelain in many shapes and colors has been affixed over the brick core. As sunlight glistens over the ceramic and porcelain facade, the towers radiate with a celestial glow. It is this dazzling affect that earned Wat Arun its name ‘temple of the dawn’.
Bangkok Famous Buddhist Temples
There are over 3000 temples nationwide and more than 800 in Bangkok alone the stunning architecture and introcket details on display at many of these temples is a defining aspect of Thai culture. The steeply pitched roof and coned shaped stupa’s related directly to the countries Buddhist faith. The three-tiered roof represents the trinity of the teacher Buddha, the teachings and the followers. The stupas are cone or bell shaped monuments that pay homage to the unwavering commitment of the Thai faith. It is essential for Buddhist to visits temples through out their life. Naturally some of the most revered temples draw some of the biggest crowds. The largest and oldest among the temples in Bangkok, is Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon , king Rama I built Wat Pho in the 1500s nearly 200 years before Bangkok became the capital city. Designed as a center of public education, it was reconstructed here within the walls of a 20 acre compound. Wat Pho contains more than 1000 Buddha images, more than any other temple, of these the reclining Buddha, some times called the sleeping Buddha, is the most famous. Nearly 150 feet long and 50 feet high, the reclining Buddha is studded with mother of pearl and finished with gold leaf. On the soles of its feet 108 auspicious characteristics of the true belief carved in sea shell mosaic. A slight smile indicates that this Buddha has obtained nirvana. Wat Pho was the country first university and it continues to operate as a center of education for the Thai people. Today it is the teaching center of the traditional Thai medicine and Thai massage. Another temple Wat Phra khaew Temple of the Emerald Buddha; full official name Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram, is considered the most luxurious and most sacred temple in all of Thailand. The temple creates an imposing cellulite with gleaming chaity, mosaic adorned pellets and all the artistic embellishments of a cultural icon. There is no monks reside in Wat Pra khaew is revered by Thais as the greatest of temples.
Hope you have a pleasant visit to Bangkok, it’s temples and the nearby