Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Wat Suthat Thepwararam

Wat Suthat Thepwararam (วัดสุทัศน์เทพวราราม) is a royal temple of the first grade, one of six such temples in Thailand.

Located in front of the Giant Swing on Bamrung Muang Road, Phra Nakhon District, Wat Suthat's history dates back to the reign of King Rama I when the construction started. Back then, its location was considered to be the centre of Bangkok. This grand temple features refined murals, sculptures and plenty of exeptional Chinese statuary. It also houses the centuries-old Phra Sri Sakayamuni image cast in Sukhothai Period. This image is enshrined in the ordination hall which is the longest ordination hall in Thailand. People who pray at this royal monastery believe they will be blessed with charm and a good vision.

Construction was begun by His Majesty King Rama I in 1807 (B.E. 2350). Further construction and decorations were carried out by King Rama II who helped carve the wooden doors, but the temple was not completed until the reign of King Rama III in 1847 (B.E.2390).

This temple contains the Buddha image Phra Sri Sakyamuni or "Sisakayamunee" which moved from Sukhothai province. At the lower terrace of the base, there are 28 Chinese pagodas which mean the 28 Buddhas born on this earth.

Wat Suthat also contains Phra Buddha Trilokachet in the Ubosot (Ordinary Hall) and Phra Buddha Setthamuni in Sala Kan Parien (Meeting Hall).

146 Bamrung Muang Road Ratchabophit Sub-District Phra Nakhon District Bangkok 10200
Opening Hours:
Temple: Daily 8:30 am-9 pm
Ubosot: Daily 9 am-4 pm
Wihan Luang: Daily 9 am-9 pm
Admission fee: 20 baht

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