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Wat Arun
Wat Arun
#About the Thai Temple of Dawn

One of the most beautiful scenes, which will stay in your memory for a long time after your visit, is the sight of Wat Arun at sunset.

Wat Arun is also called the Temple of Dawn. It is dedicated to the Hindu god of the dawn, the god Aruna. The height of the Prang, the central pagoda of the temple, built in the Cameri style, is 79 meters. It is decorated with ceramic pieces and white marble.

The temple was built on the western bank of the Chao Phraya river that divides Bangkok. On the other side of the river, right across from Wat Arun is Wat Po and the King's palace. Try and find a good viewpoint from the eastern bank of the river, and stay for the sunset to get one of the most romantic and impressive views in Bangkok.

This is an impressive Temple, it is special and had become a main symbol of the city, known all over the world, more so than the King's palace. Next to the temple of the Laying Buddha, and the Emerald Temple, it is considered a part of a triangle of holiness in Bangkok.



#The Temple of Dawn's Architecture

The most prominent and famous element in Wat Arun is the central fringe. Prang is a Cambodian-style tower and here you can see what it is like in the Japanese pagoda.

The central Prang height of the temple is 79 meters. This prominent pagoda is decorated with porcelain tiles and colorful fragments of Chinese porcelain. This Prang symbolizes "Mount Marrow," the mythological mountain that appears in Indian cosmology. Its two terraces lead to a steep, exteriors that allow you to ascend and overlook the river area.

Around the high Prang are the four smaller, smaller Prangs. They are dedicated to the spirit god "Cow Pai." These Prang decorations are made of shells and porcelain pieces that were once a counterweight of ships that arrived in Bangkok from China.

The Prangs are surrounded by figures of Chinese soldiers and ancient animals. Notice the demons, the green and the white on the entrance. The white demon is called "sahasatjeh" and the green is "tasakanat." Both are taken from the Ramayana, the mythical epic that is written as a song, describing the deeds of God and King Rama. Incidentally, the first version of this epic is considered to be the earliest poetry composed and heard in the world.

On the other balcony, you can see the four statues of Hindu god Indra, riding on Arawan, the elephant from mythology.

Above the roof at the front of the Accreditation Hall next to the Prangs, you will see a pointed turret decorated with colored ceramics with plaster elements that are also floating. In front of the building are two statues of demons guarding it. Within the hall itself you will be able to see the image of the Buddha Narrator. Tradition tells us that this statue was designed by King Rama II.

The six Prangs, the stylish pavilions by the river, were built in Chinese style, made of green granite stone.



#Wat Arun's History

Arun Temple was built in 1809, in the days of the Kingdom of Ithaya. The builder of the Buddhist temple was General Thaksin, who became king after the fall of Tylahia. Originally it was called Wat Makok, which means "The Temple of Olives."

When Thonburi was the capital of Thailand, King Taskin changed the name of the temple to Wat Chang. For a while, there was an emerald Buddha statue, the one that in 1784 was moved to Phra Kaew.

In the 19th century, the temple was renamed again by King Rama II, who also enlarged the central Prang and restored the Temple. King Rama III and his successor, Rama IV, who also gave the temple its present name, continued with the work.



#Tips

Make sure to arrive in modest dressing.

As a part of the canal tours of the channels behind Wat Arun, or at a stop on a longtail boat ride, you can go from the Tha Tien Pier.

A boat ride costs 3 Baht, and entrance into the temple is 30 Baht.

The temple is open daily between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.

Try getting to the temple are sunset, and enjoy the beautiful Bangkok view.

Don't listen to taxi drivers who tell you the temple is closed, they are trying to drive you somewhere else.



The Temple of Dawn at Dawn:

https://youtu.be/HGcxNbNyhds



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/BxHguEz0_w0
Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
#About the Palace of the King of Thailand

Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, or the Grand Palace, was built in 1782 by King Rama I. This is an impressive complex in the fancy and luxurious kingly style. It is considered the most important attraction in Bangkok, and one of the most popular in all of Thailand.

In the past, many of Thailand's kings have lived here. Today it is one of the most important and popular sites in Thailand, but not king lives here. The Thai royal palace is used only for ceremonies and it is not open for visitors. The king and his family live in the Chitlada Palace, in north Bangkok, which is also not open for visitors.



#What Will You See at the Palace?

The palace has a few beautiful and impressive buildings. After entering the palace there is the royal armory museum, which displays and categorizes the history of weapons in Thailand's history.

From here continue to the temple area, and see the Emerald Temple, where the Emerald Buddha is displayed, and the most important temple in all of Thailand. Guidol offers a guide for the Emerald Buddha, view the link below.

After the amazing Emerald Temple keep walking towards the palace itself. Pay attention that once walking to the castle, there is not returning to the Emerald Temple.

In the complex you will see the royal mausoleum of the royal family, and a small replica of the massive Wat Arun, which the Thai built in Cambodia.

In the complex is also Dusit Audience Hall, the perfect example of royal architecture. This is an impressive building, placed on a marble platform in the shape of a cross.



#Tips

There is a paid audio tour of the palace, and also guided tours in English at 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 2:00 pm.

Because of the religious importance of this location, they are very strict about modest dress. They check at the entrance, and there are no sandals or revealing dress allowed.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ffBO2isyk1A?t=1m43s



Another Look:

https://youtu.be/O9c0s86vG2k



One More Look:

https://youtu.be/HuhEYcxy26M
Pratunam Market
Pratunam Market
#About Bangkok's Indoor Market

Pratunam Market is one of the most popular and largest markets in Bangkok. This is an indoor market, which will remind more of a mall than a typical market. The combination of an amazingly inexpensive, indoor and huge complex, which in the summer is also air-conditioned and is an excellent escape from the heat and humidity of the Thai capital, makes the shopping here a great experience. A truly tourist shopping paradise.

Among the market stalls you will find a huge variety of products. There seems to be everything here and dirt cheap. From clothing, footwear, toys, computers and electronics to cosmetics, fragrances, toiletries and whatnot ... It's important to be aware that most of the brands you see here are fake, but at least what locals here call cynically, an "original copy."

Along with the endless shopping that this market offers, you can relax in the rest area, offering indulgent cafes and massages for your feet and shoulders, just what you'll need to carry your busy shopping bags from here.

A little rest from the bustle of shopping and the crowd of people who are crowded here in the shopping area will also provide you with a dining experience.



#Tips

Prices in this market are particularly low and cheap. Bargaining is permitted, but haggle a little and politely and do not overdo it, because the merchants here offer cheap prices already and often cannot give more discount than they give.

The imitations here are accurate and look great, but it is important to check every product you buy, because the quality here is not always high. Remove clothes from a sealed package and examine them. Check that appliances are working and try as much as possible for each item you choose here.



A Closer look:

https://youtu.be/DXspZQUdhBE
Lumphini Park
Lumphini Park
#About Bangkok's Central Park

Lumphini Park is the breath of fresh air of Thailand's capital, and a magical place in the middle of the city. This park, the largest in Bangkok, was founded by King Rama VI, who also gave it the name "Lumphini" after Lumphini in Nepal, the birthplace of Buddha.

In Lumphini Park, known by many here as Bangkok's Central Park, one can sit in one of the few places in town where you can breathe relatively clean air. The 576-acre park is considered 'the green lung' of the city. It is close to the business center of Bangkok, near the central boulevard Thunam Rama 4th Avenue, and close to the well-known shopping centers of Bangkok. This makes it a perfect escape from the bustle of the city and the long lines at the malls.

The park has shaded walkways, green lawns, impressive trees and numerous walking paths. There is an artificial lake where visitors can sail in pedal boats.

In the early hours of the morning, the park is used by many athletes and sports enthusiasts, especially as a gym and Tai Chi area, but also for sports activities such as jogging, walking, aerobics and basketball. During these hours, visitors can also see many booths to buy snake blood and gall bladder juice, which are considered healthy and important by the Thai and Chinese people.

In the afternoon and towards evening, many families and couples come for a quiet picnic, and during winter evenings there are classical and Thai music concerts, sometimes performed by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.



#Tips

Come in the morning - watch the people who practice Tai Chi in the park. It's also more pleasant in terms of the air, which has not yet filled with Bangkok's heavy traffic smoke.

If not in the morning, then arrived at the park in the late afternoon, when the sun is not beating too hard and it's too hot.

In the afternoons, bicycles are not permitted here - riding on the park's routes is permitted only in the early morning and early afternoon hours, and the trails are reserved for runners only.

The park has a handicapped playground and a municipal library.

Winter concerts are held in the Palm Garden every Sunday, February through April, between 4:30 pm and 8 pm.

During kite season you will see a variety of colorful designs above you. It's a charming view!



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/2Mkr9dPdMCA


Lizards at the Park:

https://youtu.be/BGX4fnwnrR8

Must See in Bangkok

Bangkok National Museum
Bangkok National Museum
#About the Museum with Thailand's Art Treasures

The Bangkok National Museum displays Thai art of all forms and periods. This is a perfect place for enthusiasts to get to know the art of Thailand.

The art pieces in the museum were collected from around Thailand and are very varied. Some are from the Neolithic period, while others are from the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods. There are wooden carving and Chinese art, next to ceramic art, cloths and clothes and ancient royal symbols.

The museum also has a collection of traditional Thai instruments, as well as instruments from its neighbors Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia.

The Bangkok National Museum is located in the western sides of Sanam Luang Square, is one of the largest museums in South East Asia. It was built in 1782 and there are a few impressive and colorful buildings.

Expect for the national museum, at the square there are other national cultural centers in Bangkok, the ones who stand out are the National Theater, and Thammassat University.

In the square, which provides an entertainment center for families over the weekend, many kites are flown, especially between February and April, a period called, "Kite Season."



#Tips

The center of interest here is the art section, that surveys ritual sculpture for Thailand throughout different periods.

The museum is not very organized, and guided tours many times don't fill in all the blanks, which bothers so tourists, just be aware before going here.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/dq5IpAp3OFE
Pak Khlong Talat
Pak Khlong Talat
#About Bangkok's Flower Market

Pak Khlong Talat is open 24 hours a day, and in this covered market, you can see an unimaginable number and colors of flowers, in bouquets, decorations, or in any form. This market is a wonderful destination, vibrant and popular for photos in the city.

The origin of the market's name means, "Market of the meeting canals," is near the Chao Phraya River.

This is the largest wholesale and retail flower market in the Bangkok area, and Thailand's most important source of fresh flowers. Here you can see rare and flower-based works of art, such as flower sculptures and animal models made of flowers.

Besides flowers, you can find at the market an endless supply of accessories for flowers and flower bouquets. There are varieties of vases, ribbons, and other decorations. Flower enthusiasts can also find here many things to bring home.

The high peaking hours of the market are during the nights and early mornings. During the evenings boats come to the river and dock on the pier near the market, and unload the supply of flowers from near and far. From all around Thailand, hundreds of trucks arrive, that unload their flower supplies. In a short amount of time, many of these flowers are sold in big bundles that will be distributed to flower stores, temples that will sell flowers to followers, and hotels and businesses around Bangkok.



#What will you see at the Flower Market?

The huge flower market in front of you is actually a collection of five different and adjacent markets, creating a colorful celebration of colors, shapes and smells. In the market, which covers a wide area, you will see a huge selection of varieties of flowers and plants, along with bouquets, necklaces and very beautiful flower decorations.

Amongst the hundreds of stalls crowded with flowers in the market, you'll see quite a few stalls that offer flower arrangements for special events, such as weddings and birthdays, and flower arrangements for various festive and ritual purposes. An in-depth look will show you women sitting in the market stalls themselves and making bouquets of flowers and prayer beads, decorations and animals from flowers, beautiful flower chains and more. Pay attention to the patience with which they do their jobs and the fact that many of them have babies children,and that they sit there hours on end each day waiting on their moms.

Along with the flower sellers in the colorful market, you can also see vegetable stalls, fruit and spices and even tiny restaurants, one or two tables serving market workers and visitors.



#Flowers in the Market

In Bangkok's Flower Market you will see a wide variety of flowers and beautiful local flowers. You will see endless varieties of flower grown here, like lotus, jasmine, roses, and gerberas. There are also imported flowers sold here, like irises and tulips.

But without a doubt, the king of this market is the orchid. This is the most popular flower in the market. See here the dozens of orchid varieties, sticking out in all sorts of places with different sizes and colors. If you are an orchid fan, you will feel in heaven here. When you are surrounded by all the colors and sizes possible, you will definitely take photos and treasure these memories.



#History of the Flower Market

Bangkok's Flower Market is over 200 years old. This was originally a fish market for fish and seafood. During the second half of the 20th century the market turned into the flower market you see today, when bit by bit more flowers were brought and sold here. The success has been so big, that more and more merchants come here. Slowly flowers became the main symbol of this market, and this became the flower market for all of Thailand.



#Tips

A special visit to this market is after midnight, when vendors receive their supplies and the market is in full force, but very different than during the day. Most of the big deals happen here between the hours 2 am and 6 am.

If you decide to visit here, visit early in the morning. If you come here before 10 am, then you won't suffer from the large amounts of tourists and crowds.

Bargain - Vendors here mean business. The prices here are usually high, because of the popularity among tourists. Make sure to bargain for a good price, and if you didn't get what you were looking for, move one to the next stall.



A Closer Look at the Bangkok Flower Market:

https://youtu.be/wlwCMCCPI2s



A Day In Bangkok's Flower Market:

https://youtu.be/ydZzI4paxOw
Vimanmek Mansion
Vimanmek Mansion
#About the Palace Made Entirely of Wood

Vimanmet Mansion is considered the largest building in the world made of only Golden Teak. It is located behind the National Legislature, has 81 rooms, theaters, and bedrooms. You can visit the mansion with a guided tour.

Today there is a museum dedicated for King Rama, may he rest in peace, and displays many of his belongings. You can be impressed from glass containers, ancient furniture, grand pianos, the first Thai menu, porcelain figurines left from the king's years, next to old photos from his days and many beautiful and authentic items.

In the buildings near the golden mansion are museums with different art pieces, surrounded by a beautiful garden, relaxing and well taken care of with many benches and sitting areas.

Without a doubt, the museum is the most impressive museum between the museums at the mansion, is the Abhisek Dusit Hall. Especially interesting to see here the collection of handmade pieces from around Thailand. Notice the Thai style of decorating, with the abundance of Arabs, Spanish, and Victorian influence.




#Tips

Every day at 10:30 am and 2:00 pm, near the mansion in the Dusit garden, a traditional Thai dance.

The Mansion's museum is open daily from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm (On Sundays and Mondays the museum is open until 4:30 pm).

Like all the royal palaces, modest dress is required here.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/GHXqA0TpQS0
Damnoen Saduak
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
#About Bangkok's Famous Floating Market

Many around the world are familiar with the famous photos of wooden boats, full of fruits and vegetables, with women selling merchandise, wearing straw circular hats. Here, early in the morning, dozens of vendors arrive to sell their merchandise on small boats, as they wear dark clothes, and on their heads traditional straw hats, showing off their products.

Floating markets are definitely an impressive sight, they are fun to visit, as well as to take photos. Almost all tourists who arrive in Thailand visit a floating market, mostly for the first time in their lives.

In the canal system that surrounds Bangkok, there are a few floating markets, or by their Thai names, Thalat Nam. These markets are usually very colorful, full of life, have great energies, and delicious fruits and vegetables that are grown close by.

The most famous floating market in Thailand and maybe the world is the Damnoen Saduak. Although it is one market or many in Thailand, it is an all-time tourist favorite. Here you can walk on foot near the boats, or ride on a canoe between the boats filled with fruits and food. From the boats you can smell, taste, buy, and enjoy tastes and scenes that will never end - all while riding in a relaxing canoe. This is a real Thai experience.

The market is located about 100 kilometers south of the center of Bangkok. The way here is a nice ride through rural Thailand, very different than the urban capital.



#History of the Market

The Damnoen Saduak Market is located in an area full of canals dug by local villages in 1866. Digging these canals was done by direct order of King Rama IV, who was advised to connect the two large rivers in the area.

There are about 200 canals, that were a big part of carrying the water. On these canals are a few floating markets, only some of these are for outsiders, but most are for residents of certain villages.

If you rent a boat in the market, try going to one of the side canals in the area. This way you can discover the special lifestyle of the residents who leave near the water. If before you saw the wonderful agricultural produce, here you can see the origins of what is sold in the markets, and how they are grown in such fertile soil.



#Tips

Come here early - if you arrive before 10:00 am, you won't suffer from the massive amounts of tourists that come here.

Bargain, vendors here mean business. Prices here are usually higher, for the tourists. If you couldn't get the price you wanted, move on to another stall.

You can get here by minibus that leaves from Khao San. You can buy tickets at travel agencies around the city.

Wanna try a local non-tourist market? - In a market named "Bang Nampeung" you will meet the real Thailand.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/RX6EoEZjYaw



Sailing on the Boats:

https://youtu.be/sTmmEj_27xE?t=4s


Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
#About the Temple that Hid the Golden Buddha

Wat Traimit is not considered a big and fancy temple in Bangkok. What attracts visitors here is mostly the impressive statue, made out of pure gold, of Buddha. The temple, nicknamed the "Golden Buddha Temple," has the statue which is 3 meters tall and weighs 5.5 tons.

The beautiful statue is sitting in the lotus position, relaxed, and many come here to see it. The location of the temple, on Yaowarat street on the edge of China Town, has become one of the tourist sites in this area, loved by many.

The estimated age of the golden Buddha is about 800 years. For hundreds of years this Buddha was hidden in a layer of plaster, making it very large, but less attractive for thieves. It seems the plaster was added around the 18th century, around the War with Burma. After the war the plaster was never removed, and it may be hard to believe, but the Buddha was forgotten.

Only 200 years later, when the statue was removed in 1955 to its current temple, Wat Traimit, it fell from a crane, and cracked. To the eyes of all the beholders an amazing treasure appeared. The treasure was discovered.

Besides the large and impressive Buddha, it's nice to walk around the relaxing garden around the temple.



#Tips

Dress - make sure to come here dressed modestly.

Try getting here earlier in the morning to avoid the big tourist crowds. Later on you can continue to walk around China Town.

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Seeing the Buddha is free, and entering the museum costs 40 Baht.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/q6oD_YhEGxQ
Wat Phra Kaew
# About the Sacred Emerald Temple

The Temple of the Emerald, in Thai Wat Phra Kaew, or Phra Kaew, is considered to be the most sacred place in Thailand. It was built in the 18th century by King Rama I, and is a great example of the beauty of religious Thai archeology.

The temple, which is part of the Royal Palace in Bangkok, includes about 100 buildings with bright colors and golden-colored roofs. Its white color and its increasingly convergent corridors symbolize the center of the world, the holiest place according to Buddhist belief.

In the center of this temple is the most beloved Buddha statue in the kingdom, the Emerald Buddha. There is also a collection of beautiful and impressive Thai art objects. The walls of the temple depict the stories of the Jakata, which depict the Buddha's different life cycles.



#The Emerald or The Emerald Statue

In the Emerald Temple is the Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha statue in Thailand. It is a small statue, about 70 centimeters high, of Buddha. It is kept in a glass case on a high altar above the heads of the worshipers. Worshipers flock here in droves to see it and pray, with what the Thais believe, is the treasure of the king's magic.

Although it is called the Emerald Buddha, in fact the statue is not made of emerald, but of jade.

In any case, this image of the Buddha, which many see as the sacred mascot and symbol of the magical power of the King of Thailand, symbolizes the power and independence of the Kingdom of Thailand, along with the good fortune of the Kingdom of Thailand.

Since it was first discovered in 1464, when lightning struck a stupa, a type of pagoda, and split it in two, the statue underwent many transformations. By the time it reached its present residence, the statue had wandered and was a symbol of the transformation of all Siam, the ancient name of today's Thailand. Somewhere in 1551, during the history and regional wars, the Emerald Buddha was taken from here to Laos. In 1778 it was re-captured and returned to Siam.

The statue's high status and its immense national and religious significance in Thailand is shown by the fact that it is the king himself who replaces the Buddha's robes every season. This happens three times a year, at the beginning of the three seasons of the cellular year - the hot, cold and rainy seasons.



#Getting around the Emerald Temple

Three important buildings of the temple complex are the golden stupa with the relics of the Buddha, the Phra Mondop, with the central library of Scripture Buddha in Thailand, and the Royal Pantheon, houses the statues of the Chakri dynasty kings.

Note also the miniature model of the temple of Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world, built in Cambodia by the king of Siam, Rama IV. The famous temple was built when the Thai Empire ruled Cambodia. Viewing the model illustrates the power of one of the wonders of the ancient world of Southeast Asia.

In the northwest corner of the complex you will see the royal mausoleum. Where the ash jars of the royal family of the dead, who have died over the generations, are kept. Entry is forbidden to the general public, but also from the outside you can be impressed by the splendor of the kings of Siam here.



#Tips

Make sure you arrive modestly dressed. Do not come in shorts, sleeveless shirts, tank tops or strapless.

Do not listen to the drivers outside if they say the place is closed. Their reasoning is difficult to understand, and you have opening hours.

After passing through the palace compound from Emerald Temple to the palace itself, you will not be able to go back to the temple.

At the entrance to the temple, one must take off his shoes and the photograph is forbidden.

Women should not touch the monks.

The ticket price is about 200 baht.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/MqF7ysFnz3s
Wat Pho
#About the Temple of the Laying Buddha in Bangkok

Wat Pho Temple, mainly known as the Laying Buddha Temple, is the oldest and biggest of all the temples in Bangkok.

At Wat Pho you can see the statue of the Laying Buddha, its length is 46 meters, and the height is 15 meters. In the statue Buddha is laying down and is covered in gold, while his massive feet are covered with drawings and pearls. Not only his feet, but also his eyes are decorated with pearls.

Many visitors are certain that in the statue Buddha is sleeping, but the truth is that he is in the nirvana position, or as it is called in Buddhism, Nibbana, this is the largest laying Buddha statue in Thailand.

This is not the only Buddha here. The Laying Buddha Temple has the largest number of Buddha statues in Thailand. In the Temple are over 1,000 statues. Most of these were brought from the ruins of temples from Thailand's former capital.

This is also the oldest temple among all of Thailand. It is older than the city itself, and was first built over 200 years before Bangkok became the capital city. During the period of King Rama I the temple was almost completely rebuilt. This is when Bangkok became the capital of Siam, the empire that will eventually become Thailand.



#What is the Laying Buddha - Courtesy of the Eureka Encyclopedia

The Laying Buddha is a huge statue, its length is 46 meters and the height is 15 meters. It is covered in gold and its legs are decorated with pearls. Around the statue are 108 bowls that represent the 108 characteristics of one who is meant to be Buddhist. It's tradition to put coins into them, one for each bowl!

Wat Pho, where the Buddha lays, is the largest Buddhist Temple in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. This is also the oldest temple in the city, and many tourists come here to see the big and majestic statue.

Notice the large granites in the inner courts of the temple. These were imported to Thailand in ancient times, to counterweigh Chinese ships, that came empty to Thailand. When the boats sailed stocked with merchandise to China, the granite pills were left in Bangkok and throughout the years have become statues. Some are different yoga positions, and some are of former warriors and philosophers. One of them is said to represent Marco Polo.



#Tips

Dress - make sure to come here dressed modestly, not shorts or tank tops.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/rifGqCrxSKw
Wat Mahathat
#About the Market of Talismans and Ancient Medicine Near the Monastery

Wat Mahathat Monastery, meditation center and talisman market nearby, are great places to see the daily activities of the Buddhists in Thailand. It seems that it has been able to maintain its authenticity much more than the over-toured temples in Bangkok. This place's advantage is its modest architecture and history, compared to the fact that its purpose is more education and religious, rather than for groups of tourists.

Wat Mahathat, built during the kingdom of Ayutthaya, has an important role in the daily lives of the monks and believers in Bangkok. Religious ceremonies take place here, the temple flourishes with education and learning in Buddhist philosophy. Among the believers, many foreign travelers come here to receive lessons in meditation, which happen here daily.

Not any less than the daily meditation and the religious monks here, who spend hours huddled over religious texts, Wat Mahathat is distinct in its belief in talismans, these are spread out in front for visitors to see in the market, the lucky charms and the defenders of bad luck, stands out in Wat Mahathat.

The monastery is a center for Buddhism in Thailand and its neighbors. Because of its vast importance, the market has become so big and important as well. Many charms are sold here, with the promise to protect against evil spirits and bad luck. The atmosphere at the market, which is near the temple's gates, reminds a little of a flea market, however the items sold here are of great importance for Buddhists, and are treated with great respect.



#The Buddhist University at the Monastery

The central place of importance for the Buddhist monastery in Southeast Asia is the Buddhist University of Mahathat Rajavidyalaya, which is also here. Many monks from Thailand study here, along with those from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia who study here.

Many tourists are not satisfied by wandering through the alleyways of Wat Mahathat and its surroundings, but also study and practice meditation, led by monks.



#Tips

Here you can join a meditation class in English, happening here every day.

After touring the place you can eat here, at the restaurants overlooking the river.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/eRLRsrdMypU
China Town Yaowarat
#About Bangkok's Vibrant Chinese District

Already at the entrance to China Town, the Chinese District of Bangkok, from the direction of the train station Hua Lamphong, you will see the Chinese gates beautifully decorated at the entrance. This is one of the more special "China Towns" around the world.

On the main street Yaowarat you can see barbershops, and stores for gold and jewelry, reminders of Chinese temples, various Chinese pharmacies and traditional drug stores. There are also shops for spices, sweets and exotic delicacies, not necessarily appetizing for Westerners, such as bird nests and dried shark fins.

To China Town in Bangkok you don't necessarily need to come for the shopping, but also to enjoy the look and feel. Not any less exciting than the beauty of the district, but the great people watching that can be done here. Most of the residents of the districts are descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to Bangkok during the rule of King Rama I.

Many visitors come here for the lively and vibrant shopping centers in the district. In a few colorful streets, crowded and full of people, there are hundreds of stalls selling anything that can be imagined. Clothes, textiles, souvenirs, ancient items and clocks, and flowers, endless food products and knock-offs at low prices - this is one of the main shopping areas in town.

For its cheap prices, compared to other areas in the city, and thanks to the picturesque district, there is no better place to enjoy shopping than here.

At the center and at the main area of the district is an incredible food area filled with people, a variety of restaurants and stalls here offer sweets and desserts. From baked banana over coals and traditional Chinese food, Thai food, as well as exotic Chinese flavors.



#Tips

Chinese New Year's is celebrated here in February. For the parades and ceremonies, parts of the streets are closed off to transportation and the mood here is excellent.

At the Vegetarian Festival held here each October, stalls offer a variety of vegetarian traditional Chinese and Thai dishes. Many of those who keep Kosher tend to eat here during this festival, because usually many of the dishes contain meats.

Many of the celebrations are concentrated in the area near the Wat Mangkon Kamalawat Temple.

China Town is between Yaowarat and Ratchaongsi streets in Bangkok.

In the district is the Sampeng Lane Market that crosses the street and where walking around is recommended.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/TLgsY5mOMGo


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