Wat Suthat

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Wat Suthat, Bangkok Overview

One of the oldest temples of Bangkok, Wat Suthat greets you with its serene aura. Overflowing with peace and tranquillity, Wat Suthat Thepphawararam is an excellent example of architecture and craftsmanship. Its construction began in the year 1782, under the reign of King Rama I, and it was completed in the 1820s, under the reign of King Rama III.

Featuring an impressive architecture, Wat Suthat is also adorned with some fascinating paintings and intricate murals. The main highlight is an eight-meter high bronze statue of Phra Si Sakyamuni, which dates back to the Sukhothai-period, the largest surviving bronze cast of Thailand belonging to 14th century. Contained at the base of the image are the ashes of King Rama VIII. The giant swing, which marks your entry to the temple, is a marvel to behold.

Wat Suthat also holds the highest royal temple rank, adding to its significance. Temple is also a venue for important ceremonies, such as the Royal Ploughing Ceremony held in May and thus playing a significant role in national religion. Although this place is not quite popular with tourists, one can enjoy the environ of tranquillity and peace.

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Buddha Statue, Wat Suthat
The Bronze Buddha Statues from the Sukho-Thai Period in Wat Suthat
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The main highlight of the temple is the giant statue of Sakyamuni, which is worshipped by hundreds of devotees every day. Even though centuries old, its grandeur has not faded with time at all and continues to amaze visitors with its fine craftsmanship. Under this statue, the ashes of King Ananda Mahidol are buried.

Buddha Statues at Wat Suthat
The 156 Buddha Statues at the Ordination Hall of Wat Suthat
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The ordination hall, or ubosot, inside the temple complex, is one of the largest halls in Thailand. The ceiling is at the height of 72.25 metres, and the walls are decorated with the mural paintings. The gallery surrounding ubosot, which is called Phra Viharn Khot, displays 156 statues of Buddha. A walk in the gallery fills one with peace and devotion.
The Sala Kan Parian is another hall where monks reside and teach Buddhist teachings.

Giant Swing, Wat Suthat
The Giant Swing, known as Sao Ching Chaa,
at the Entrance of Wat Suthat
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The most spectacular part lies not inside, but outside the temple complex. The giant swing, known as Sao Ching Chaa, which lies just outside Wat Suthat is what we are talking about. It is around 21 metres tall and made up of teak wood. Initially built in 1784, it was replaced in 2004. Its bright red colour highlights the swing from even vast distances.

Significance of Wat Suthat

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Wat Suthat plays a significant role in the national religion. Certain ceremonies, such as the Royal Ploughing Ceremony are held here every year in May. Royalties and devotees come together in harmony and joy to celebrate their religion and values. The giant swing was also used in annual Brahmanic ceremonies until the 18th century.

Temple Architecture

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Apart from its religious and national significance in ancient times, the architecture of Wat Suthat is what attracts thousands of eyeballs every year. Right from the wooden entry doors, intricately hand-carved and designed, to the interior hall, everything reflects the flawless and meticulous nature of its construction. The walls are adorned by the paintings, which depict the life stories of Lord Buddha. The art pieces are one of a kind and hence, found only in minimal places in Thailand. Some of these paintings were also made by the great artist, King Rama II.

Wat Suthat History

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The foundations of Wat Suthat were laid in the year 1782. King Rama, I ordered its construction to house the exquisite statue of Phra Si Sakyamuni. However, the construction work took a long time to complete, and it was continued under the reign of King Rama II and King Rama III as well. In 1847, the construction ended, and a magnificent monument was erected.

Ordination Hall at Wat Suthat
The Ordinationa Hall, or Ubosot, at Wat Suthat
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The 8 metres tall and sacred statue of Sakyamuni is made up of bronze and was cast in Sukhothai in the 13th century. It was brought to Bangkok from a temple in Sukhothai and to shelter this statue; Wat Suthat was founded. The joy of bringing this statue to Bangkok was celebrated for a whole week. The Sakyamuni statue was paraded through the streets, before placing it in the temple.

Tips

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  • Since Wat Suthat is a religious temple, it is advised to dress conservatively out of respect for the local people and monks. Sleeved shirt paired with a full-length pant would be the best thing to wear.
  • Photography is allowed, so you can click as many pictures as you want in any part of the complex.

How To Reach Wat Suthat

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Wat Suthat is located on Bamrung Muang Road, close to Bangkok City Hall. The best way to reach there is to hire a taxi since the drivers are familiar with the routes. Also, there is no BTS or MRT station close to Wat Suthat, so that is not a viable option.

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