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Wat Suwannaram in Bangkok Noi


Mural at Wat Suwannaram Bangkok Noi


Wat Suwannaram in Bangkok Noi District is of artistic and historical interest.
  • The design and construction of Wat Suwannaram is of the Ayutthaya period before the destruction of Ayutthaya and all its buildings.
  • It has undergone restoration twice, once under Rama I and again in the time of Rama V. It was originally a monastery called Wat Thong (''Golden Wat''), again later named Wat Suwannaram (''Golden Monastery'') by King Rama I.
The Murals
  • Inside on the walls is one of the finest remaining collections of Thai classic style murals. When looking at these murals one should understand the following about Thai Mural Style and Characteristics. 
  • Thai murals have the following characteristics. They contain many small, almost tiny individual scenes, landscapes and figures in contrast to the large wall space on which they are painted. The objects are stylized throughout Thailand and are two dimensional in form, that is there is no perspective of dimension as in European painting. There are also continuous and flowing sets of panoramas of places, palaces, towns, events and country landscapes with real and mythical people or creatures.
  • However all panoramas whether painted above the head of the viewer, at the same level or nearer the floor, all are painted from a perspective that the viewer is high above, as if in the sky looking down or from a distance.
  • The episodes of religous and every day life are reflections from different times but are depicted simultaneously separated by landscape or architecture like a zig zag design. The characters are stylized such that the celestial and or noble beings are always portrayed serene whilst those from the common folk are portrayed in ungainly or realistic or comic postures or movements.
  • After the mid 19th century Western influences introduced the concepts of the use of perspective and shading to give the illusion of depth.



Mural at Wat Suwannaram Bangkok Noi