Monday, 13 October 2008

Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn

The Chinese Buddhist temple was chiefly built to commemorate at that time His Majesty the King's 50th anniversary on the throne and his 80th birthday.

This temple, in Bang Bua Thong District, was conceived 12 years ago by Phra Kanajanjin Khamma Punya Jariyaporn, vice-patriarch of the Chinese Buddhist Sect and abbot of Wat Mangkornkamalavas.

He found his temple - the original home of the Chinese Buddhist sect in Yaowarat district, which the King and Queen visit every year - too crowded for its 200 novices and monks and hundreds of worshippers.It is quite a large complex with various interconnected buildings with three or four levels.
There was this room which had at least 12,000 little Buddha images covering all of the walls. The main hall contains three very large Buddha statues made of brass and weighing 18 tonnes each. On each side of this building there were statues of 18 Buddhist saints. On the walls were large wood carvings. On the third floor is the Goddess of Mercy which was carved with Burmese teakwood The fourth floor is the Meun Buddhasukkhavadi Buddhakset Hall with the thousands of small Buddha images.

Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn’s gorgeous art created by using vibrant colours is influenced by the Chinese Qing and Ming dynasties. The majority of the handmade building material was produced in China such as the carved wood murals, the brass Buddha statues and the wonderful granite engraved columns.
This temple can’t be any less luxurious because it is meant to honour the King.

By the way, the entrance is free!

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