Today the schedule is Wat Arun and Wat Pho, but we are stopping by the Grand Palace and took picture in front of the Palace since it is near to Wat Pho. It is my 4th time here, and I have visited the Grand Palace for 2 times already, so I wanted to skip this one. (see past visit here and here).
look who's trying hard to take a good picture of the palace... lol
Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temple in Bangkok and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images (include the largest single Buddha images of 160 ft length).The Reclining Buddha (Phra Buddhasaiyas). The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled compounds bisected by Soi Chetuphon running east–west. The northern walled compound is where the reclining Buddha and massage school are found. The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school.
108 bronze bowls indicating 108 auspicious characters of Buddha
and now welcome to Temple of Dawn. Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple. It is situated on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River, to get there you should get a boat at the cost of (only) 3 baht. The temple derives its name from the Hindu God Aruna; often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand's landmarks and the first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive spires were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II.
Despite the name, the most spectacular view of the glittering monument can be seen from the east side of the river at sunset, when the spires of Wat Arun make an impressive silhouette against the skyline. We are in a very tight schedule and cannot make it to sunset, but for sure we'll be back!
This Buddhist temple is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. In the mythology of Tibetan Buddhism, Mount Meru is a place that simultaneously represents the center of the universe and the single-point of mind sought by adepts. Thousands of miles in height, Meru is located somewhere beyond the physical plane of reality, in a realm of perfection and transcendence. The four-corner prang of Wat Arun, which house images of the guardian gods of the four directions, reinforces this mystical symbolism.
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