Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen Temple, Bangkok

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Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen is a royal wat ('temple') located in Phasi Charoen district, Bangkok, at the Chao Phraya River. It is part of the Maha Nikaya fraternity and is the origin of the Dhammakaya Movement. It is a large temple which is quite popular and well-supported by a prosperous community of high social class.Wat Paknam was established in the Ayutthaya period. The temple became widely known because of the meditation master Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro, who was abbot there in the first half of the twentieth century. Seven years after Luang Pu's death, Somdet Chuang Varapuñño became the new abbot. Somdet Chuang made international headlines from 2015 onward, when his appointment as Supreme Patriarch (acting head of the Thai monastic community) was stalled and finally withdrawn, due to reasons generally interpreted as political. This has led to heated debate and protests in Thailand.Wat Paknam is known for its charity and a nationwide project to propagate the five precepts in Thai society. The temple is popular among mae chis (nuns). One of its mae chis, Mae chi Chandra Khonnokyoong, went on to establish another temple which later became widely known: Wat Phra Dhammakaya. Wat Paknam has an international presence and has a long history of activities and contact with Buddhists from other countries. In 2012, Somdet Chuang finished building a huge stupa at the temple, named "Maharatchamongkhon". The stupa has made the temple a popular attraction for international tourists.
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  • Wat paknam proceeded by saying his wife wanted to go take a look at the. Knew that Thailand Temple, Narita-Shi, but it is here that is. It is dimly had agreed for the first time. BTS across the Chao Phraya River on the western shore, to move by taxi or sǎwngthǎew from the nearest train station is so convenient. That's why, etc 'Globe Trotter' is, however, still seems not to popular spots for tourists in Japan, was off the beaten path. That had high priest famous for Thailand's temple is decorated with pictures everywhere, seems on the subject of faith. So, Thailand who here Emperor preaching from a priest, or has visited as fervent prayer. It is the one tried to be careful not to disturb. Well, is this WAT paknam, towering White Tower's attractions. Our tourists to the sound in the Tower may look impressive, but is inside the ceiling mural towers. The room and form a dome-shaped space, to an abstract pattern of tones and green walls, dozens of Buddha is drawn person. And has filled the central tower and indescribably grandeur. Of course a photo spot is what is not here, too, in the way of local people also rude to than not to, do the moderation. So even instant reputation in Japanese tourists are flowing out of a matter of time I think. May be present, such as the Temple of Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Bangkok I went through for the next step.
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  • Took me to a friend in Bangkok. On the first floor and furnishings of the world often do not know, what now? Thought, but look at the top-floor glass Tower, inspiring! Later I heard buzz and in instant. It was a strange Tower in diagonal lines, and very small voices will clearly.
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  • Took me to the locals to acquaintances. Went aboard a sǎwngthǎew in out-of-the-way place, yet not mentioned in guidebooks, but many of the visitors came by taxi. In Thailand in the temple, there was the meditation you like, was like a temple for the local people on a daily basis we do spend. The temple main hall of a Buddhist temple in front of the famous pagodas, so is recommended. Also suitable for meditation is the top floor of the pagoda and can spend time. But the locals ' quiet! "And I felt ashamed because many humans have been scolded by Japanese travellers was. Temple here is not becoming tourist site, is a lot of faith in everyday life. Is a sacred place to follow the etiquette with respect. Especially your child traveling with requires attention. Fervent believers who swept even in Thailand who liked children, even children's fussiness and will be noted in the "parent". Please with your mind.
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