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9 Temples tour

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9 Temples tour is a day trip to 9 most sacred temples in Bangkok.


Understand[edit]

Thai temple (Grand Palace)

Most of Thailand’s populations are Buddhist, and the country is full of temples (Thai: วัด, wat). Because of the temple is a structure for religious or spiritual activities of Buddhists and it is also the dwelling places of priest.


The belief is a thing that has a huge effect for Thai people because Thailand has many traditions and we learn everything with the words and actions of ancient people. For example, Thai people believe that the temple (Wat) is the place for relax the body and mind and make you feel like close to religion because temple is the place of peace.

Prepare[edit]

Visiting 9 temples in a day is possible, if you have a good planning and preparing in advance. This itinerary will guide you in matter that you should have known such as the interesting of each temple, Buddhist temple etiquette and others.

Lists of temples[edit]

1) Wat Kalayanamitr

  • Full name: Wat Kalayanamitr Woramahawihan (Thai: วัดกัลยาณมิตรวรมหาวิหาร)
  • Interesting things:
    • Inside the temple is the place a huge Buddha statue, Prha phuttha triratana nayok (Thai: พระพุทธรัตนนายก) and it has Chinese name “ Sum Por Kong”
    • The greatest bell and belfry in Thailand


2) Wat Arun

  • Full name: Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan (Thai: วัดอรุณราชวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร)
  • Interesting things:
    • Prang wat Arun (Thai: พระปรางค์วัดอรุณ) that located along the west bank of the Chao Phraya river
    • Yuk wat Jang (Thai: ยักษ์วัดแจ้ง), the northern giant (white giant) name Sahas Daecha (Thai: สหัสเดชะ), the southern giant (green giant) name Totsakan (Thai: ทศกัณฑ์)


3) Wat Rakhang

  • Full name: Wat Rakhang Kositaram Woramahawihan (Thai: วัดระฆังโฆสิตารามวรมหาวิหาร)
  • Interesting things:
    • The Scripture Repository (Thai: หอพระไตรปิฎก) is the place that keeping the Tripitaka (Three Baskets)
    • The bell tower (Thai: หอระฆัง), is the place that located the giant bell which represent the ancient architecture of Thailand
    • Three-Pagoda (Thai: พระเจดีย์สามองค์)


4) Wat Phra Kaew

  • Full name: Wat Phra Si Rattana Satsadaram (Thai: วัดพระศรีรัตนศาสดาราม)
  • Interesting things:
    • Emerald Buddha (Thai: พระแก้วมรกต), a dark green statue that carved from a single jade stones in Lanna (Northern of Thailand) style
    • Grand Palace (Thai: พระบรมมหาราชวัง) is the former residence of the King, inside of the Palce has the Borombhiman hall that built in French architectural design


5) Wat Pho

  • Full name: Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan (Thai: วัดพระเชตุพนวิมลมังคลารามราชวรมหาวิหาร)
  • Interesting things:
    • The most of pagodas in Thailand, it has 99 pagodas in Wat Pho and also has the pagodas of the fourth reign (King Rama I, King Rama II, King Rama III and King Rama IV)
    • Phra phuttha saiyart (Thai: พระพุทธไสยาส) is the third reclining Buddha statue of Thailand


6) Wat Suthat

  • Full name: Wat Suthat Thep Wararam Ratchaworamahawihan (Thai: วัดสุทัศนเทพวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร)
  • Interesting things:
    • The Giant swing (Thai: เสาชิงช้า) is the structure located in front of Wat Suthat that used in an old Brahmin ceremony
    • Phra Sri Sakyamuni (Thai: พระศรีศากยมุนี) is the Buddha statue which casting by metal alloy and this statue is the biggest Buddha statue in Thailand


7) Wat Saket

  • Full name: Wat Saket Ratchaworamahawihan (Thai: วัดสระเกศราชวรมหาวิหาร)
  • Interesting things:
    • The Golden Mount (Thai: ภูเขาทอง) or Phu Khao Thong is an artificial hill inside Wat Sraket and this place has become one of the symbol of Bangkok

Buddha's footprint

8) Wat Bowon

  • Full name: Wat Bowonniwet Vihara Ratchaworawihan (Thai: วัดบวรนิเวศวิหารราชวรวิหาร)
  • Interesting things:
    • Statue of King Rama IV
    • Buddha’s footprint (Thai: รอยพระพุทธบาท), it has two beliefs about the Buddha’s footprint. First, after the Buddha attained enlightenment, his feet made an imprint in the stone where he stepped. In other tradition, the infant Buddha took sevens steps after his birth to symbolize his spiritual domination of the universe


9) Wat Chanasongkram

  • Full name: Wat Chanasongkram Ratchaworamahawihan (Thai: วัดชนะสงครามราชวรมหาวิหาร)
  • Interesting things:
    • Phra phuttha norasri trilokached (Thai: พระพุทธนรสีห์ตรีโลกเชฏฐ์) is the subduing Mara Buddha statue (Thai: ปางมารวิชัย), Buddhist believe that if you worship this statue the good things will happen to you and will suppress people who has the problems with you or don’t like you

Etiquette[edit]

When you visiting the Buddhist temple you may have something that you can do/don’t

  • Remove your hat, sunglasses and shoes when you go inside the temple
  • Cover yourself: do not wear short pants and sandals
  • Turn off mobile phones and take off headphones
  • Do not smoking or chewing gum
  • Respect the Buddha statue/monk: do not point the statue, sit near, climb, and etc.
  • Do not raise yourself higher than Buddha/monk


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