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Wat Suthat, Bangkok

(4.5/5 based on 850 reviews on the web)
Take in the beautiful architecture of Wat Suthat. Angular marble pillars support colorful roofs with high gables, ornately decorated in the typical Bangkok style. Marble flagstones reflect the sky, and Buddha statues adorn the walls. Wander the tranquil grounds and see the 28 Chinese pagodas, representing the 28 Buddhas born on this earth. In front of the temple, admire the 30 m (98 ft) tall Giant Swing, formerly used in an old Brahmin ceremony. A royal temple of the first grade, it's construction began in 1807, at the behest of King Rama I, but it would not be completed until 1847, during the reign of King Rama III. Arrange to visit Wat Suthat and other attractions in Bangkok using our Bangkok trip generator.
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  • This is an interesting place with lots to see. We hired some random dude to give us a tour. We learned tons about the temple and Buddhism.  more »
  • Very beautiful place. Rich in explanation but also easy and quite suitable for the family trip.
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  • Was so interesting, it may have been better to have a guide as we did not this day to understand everything, but was interesting nonetheless  more »
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  • Beautiful temple with less touristy. Good place to do meditation
  • According to Thai tradition, when a King passed away, his royal cremains would be brought to be kept safe at his Royal temple or the temple that the king ordered the construction, however during king Rama VI, he thought there were too many Royal temples around the city so instead of building another temple he built a school, the school he built was Vajiravudha college. He then announced Wat Bowonniwet Vihara was his royal temple. When King Ananda Mahidol (King Rama VIII) was alive. He also didn't built anymore Royal temples, he announced that Wat Suthat Thepwararam Rajawaramahavihara which was already a Royal temple built by King Rama I, Phrabat Somdet Phra Phutthayotfa Chulalok. The temple was built right in the middle of Ko Rattanakosin, symbol of the place where all angles would be resided in haven. The main Presiding Buddha Image is Phra Sri Sakyamuni which locate in the Royal Vihara, Phra Buddha Trilokachet is locate in the main Uposatha and Phra Buddha Setmuni is locate on the main meeting hall for monks. The temple construction was begun during King Rama I, in 1807. Further construction and decorations were carried out by King Rama II who himself helped carve the wooden doors, but the temple was not completed until the reign of King Rama III in 1847. Phra Sri Sakayamuni Presiding Buddha Image Phra Sri Sakayamuni, the main Buddha image, is larger and older than any other bronze cast Buddha image in Thailand. The base of the image (from one knee to the other knee end ) is 6.25 metres wide and has a height of 8 metres. In the former days, the image was the main image at the main chapel at Wat Mahathat, the centre of the ancient city of Sukhothai. The inscriptions at Wat Paa Mamuang relate that Phra Mahathammaracha Lithai of Sukhothai, ruler from 1347 to 1376 A.D., had requested this image cast and then commemorated it in 1361 A.D.. In 1808 A.D., King Rama I then requested that Phra Phirenthep journey to Sukhothai to retrieve the Buddha image by raft via the river, enshrine it at The Chang coupled with a celebration of seven days, and after which transport by sledge to its present site at Wat Suthat Thepwararam. Location Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand. Transportation Bus Nos. 10, 12, 15, 19, 35, 42, 48, 73, 96 Opening hours The Temple is Open Daily from 08.00 A.M. - 09.00 P.M. Admission fee: 20 Baht Link for 360 Video http://wat360.com/en/watsuthat/ Website http://wat360.com/en/
  • A must visit temple in Bangkok, peaceful and less crowded. Temple of the King Rama IIX.
  • It is peaceful
  • Great temple