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Temples of All Faiths

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A January 2010 trip to Bangkok by nmagann

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Quote: Hindu, Khmer, Burmese, Thai and Metal comprise the influence for the designs of places of worship. From Buddhist icons to Hindu gods and goddesses to animism and more mingle to form the multi-faceted religions found here.

Golden Mount

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Attraction | "Worthy of a View"

Golden Mount Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Both the history of the Golden Mount as well as the structure itself is fascinating. It's origin dates back to the Ayuthaya Era. It was restored under the direction King Rama I during the late 1700's. It was used for cremation ceremonies which are still in evidence. Under King Rama II reign during the mid 1800's a plague caused some 30,000 bodies to be brought here. King Rama III originally planned a giant chedi to be built. The soft ground gave way so the ruble was reinforced with trees and plants making it one of the few shady, cool places around. King Rama IV shored it more with teak reinforcement as it was still sinking. And finally King Rama V topped it off with today's current chedi....Read More

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Golden Mount
Boriphat and Bamrung Muang Intersection
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 2 694 1222

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)

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Attraction | "Temple of Dawn"

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Wat Arun, is a far cry from the architectural design of the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Yet it is a mere ferry ride away. There are no green and gold roof tops, nor decorated eaves here.Instead, this Khmer-style prang rising over 250’ can be seen from the other places. The four smaller towers seem to be the icing on the cake. The combination of the center tower and four smaller surrounding ones represents Mount Meru, a very sacred mountain in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology. The faith of this temple is, in fact, Buddhist. Each level you ascend, represents another level in heaven. Each layer of the main prang appears to be held up by rows of Goompagans positioned in a squa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 2, 2010

Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun)
Thai Wang Road
Bangkok, Thailand

Sri Mahariamman Temple

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Attraction | "Cosmo Creation by Brahma"

Pillar at Sri  Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Sri Mahariamman Temple or Wat Khaek or Maha Uma Diva is a Hindu Temple on Silom road that really stands out. It was build in 1879 and is dedicated to Brahma, Hindu God of Creation. Lord Brahma is the creator of the universe meaning he was all alone prior to the beginning. Out of loneliness he split himself in two, creating Goddess Shatarupa who had the ability to take on many forms. Brahma deeply desired her and obsessively pursued her to the point that she would change into various forms from hens and cows to mares and does. This is how these creatures came into being. The next thing Brahma did was to give himself five heads so that he could watch her all the time. Lord Shiva, Hind...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 1, 2010

Wat Ratchanatdaram

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Attraction | "The Metal Palace"

Wat Ratchanatdaram Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Inside the grounds of Wat Ratchanadda is Loha Prasat which means "metal castle," a well-deserved name. It is located across the street from as well as being visible from atop the Golden Mount. It is worth a visit due to its uniqueness and very convenient to get to if you also happen to be visiting the Golden Mount. It is the only one of its style that remains. Neither the one in India nor Sri Lanka exist. Although the appearance looks similar to Burmese design it was modeled after the Buddhist one in Sri Lanka. The architecture structure of this metal palace is a step pyramid and was built in 1846. Each level has a series of meditation rooms connected by a spiral staircase through t...Read More

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Wat Ratchanatdaram
2 Mahachai Road
Bangkok, Thailand 10200
+66 02 224 8807; 225

Chinese New Year

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Attraction | "Thailand's Chinese New Year"

Personal Dragons Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Chinatown was inhabited by Chinese laborers long before Bangkok was a city still has some lovely old hotel buildings and narrow winding alleys. The temples were vibrant with burning incense filling the air, overwhelming the milder scent from the offerings of flowers. Even the usually strong smell from the various citrus fruits placed in front of the Buddha icons were lot able to complete with stronger aromas. Worshippers were so thick, not only in the temple, but in the alley leading to it where hoards of people were buying lottery tickets, no doubt having receiving a favorable sign about the coming new year. Nonetheless, I found New Year’s to be a disappointment.Ringing in Year of the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 31, 2010