Wat Suthat Thepwararam

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If you are into elegant Thai architecture, Wat Suthat Thepwararam is one of the oldest and most impressive temples in Bangkok, with the splendid chapel with sweeping roof, impressive murals, and hand-carved teakwood door panels. Another must-see is the huge Chinese-red frame Giant Swing in front of the temple which makes this temple easy to reach. The teak wood 20-meter high swing that was built at the end of the 18th century and it was used in annual Brahmanic ceremonies.  

Strolling through this marvelous temple you would find that there’s something good would happen. There are many highlights of this temple such as the cloistered courtyard surrounding the main prayer hall composed by sacred 156 Buddha images with the outer walls and 4 entry gates that are delicately hand-carved with details. The stunning 8-meter height of the Buddha image is one of the oldest Rattanakosin era buildings still in existence called The Phra Si Sakyamuni. 

When it comes to the murals, there are the long walls of the ordination hall contain outstanding mural paintings informing the stories of the previous lives of Buddha. Also, if you would like to see the old days back in the Rattanakosin era, you could see at the wall containing scenes of daily life. On the issue of the ordination hall which is used to teach Buddhist teachings, it is a pretty large one here. And the wide courtyard contains a large number of stone statues imported from China around the end of the 18th century. 

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Furthermore, there is also an interesting belief that if you were born in the snake year but don’t want to face the bad vibes in 2020, come here to pay respect to the principal Buddha image of Wat Suthat Thepwararam to increase the vision and charm for others. The way to get here is easy since there are no BTS sky train or MRT metro stations nearby, so you might have to take a metered taxi or tuk-tuk.