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The Sacred Triangle of Bangkok

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
Wat Phra Kaew
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
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


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