Wat Suthat Bangkok
Wat Suthat Bangkok
- Wat Suthat is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It’s a royal temple, one of 10 such temples in Bangkok out of 23 in Thailand. It is renowned for its magnificent frescoes, huge golden Buddha, beautiful roofline and a giant swing out front. It is spread over an area of 10 acres.
- Its construction started by King Rama I (1782 – 1809), continued by Rama II (1809 – 1824) and completed by Rama III (1824 – 1851).
- The principal Viharn is the most distinguished building in the temple's complex. Even though it might not be as big as the Ordination Hall at the back part however it has a really exclusive appearance of a classic Thai design in addition to its tactical position at the front entry. The Viharn part of Wat Suthat is constructed on an elevated level. It has a pretty large interior to contain people or for arranging ritual events. The open area is between robust teak wood pillars and columns that secure the whole roof structure. There are 3 gates each at the front and the rear, together with 5 opened windows at each side that provide excellent air circulation. At the middle of the Viharn is the popular Buddha sculpture of Phra Sri Sakayamuni. Together with the Phra Buddha Trilokachet that was placed at the Ordination Hall in back of this Royal Chapel, both easily develop as the middle of all attractions which you can see in Wat Suthat. As per several reading references, this eight metres high Phra Sri Sakayamuni Buddha figure was among one of the biggest and oldest bronze cast Buddha figure in such size which you can see in Thailand these days.
- The Buddha is sitting in a typical position (legs crossed) which indicates Lord Buddha is in meditation attitude with the right hand placed on the right leg and with his palm of the left hand pointing upwards. The source was considered to be from Wat Mahathat, historic town of Sukhothai in the North of Thailand. According to Thai Buddhist historians, King Rama 1 asked that Phra Phirenthep travel to Sukhothai to get this Buddha figure by boat through the Chao Phraya River, enshrine it at Tha Chang, after which transfer it by sledge to its existing location at Wat Suthat. Therefore the Buddha figure has about 600+ years in its origin and it has seen several modifications in the prolonged duration of history of historic Siam (presently Thailand). It might not be as tall as the main Buddha Figure at Wat Keschaiyo nor as long as the Lying Buddha at Wat Pho, however this is a bronze moulded figure whereas the others aren't.
- In case you are fond of historic Buddhist art, within this key Viharn of Wat Suthat let you enjoy many hours to all it has inside. Nearly all the supportive pillars, windows and also the door/window frames of every entrance are superbly created in conventional Thai design and embellished / coloured with murals with the life of Lord Buddha as theme. The initial old Buddhist design mural paintings in the interior of Wat Suthat have been considered as among the most gorgeous which you can see at Thai temples. All the noticeable doorways, inner rear sections walls, pillars, column beams, walls and even the roofs within the main Viharn of Wat Suthat are actually filled with paintings and murals in different Buddhist legends and stories of Lord Buddha's way to enlightenment. It appears the likes of renowned old Thai temples of Wat Keschaiyo, Wat Rakang as well as at the Royal Church in the Grand Royal Palace in which Emerald Buddha was fixed. However the colour style is a bit different here from elsewhere.
- The window frames and doors were constructed with absolute and intricate details, showing indigenous conventional Thai workmanship. According to references, among the door at the main entry was in fact individual works of King Rama II, who has developed the design and hand carved this door by himself. The atmosphere within shows an extremely relaxing and an extremely natural and peaceful environment, even with followers who might be streaming out in the Viharn or carrying out prayers to Phra Sri Sakayamuni, however each one has kept this sacred holy site in total silence. It just enables you to search for your internal peace and mental calm here.
Gold Sukhothai Period Buddha Wat Suthat Bangkok