About the Market of Talismans and Ancient Medicine Near the MonasteryWat 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 advantages is its modest in 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 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, remind 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 MonasteryThe central place of importance for the Buddhist monastery in Southeast Asia is mainly because of the Buddhist University of Mahathat Rajavidyalaya which is also here. Many monks from Thailand study here, along with those from Vietnam, Laos 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, lead by monks.
TipsHere 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.