Kade kneels next to a stream formed by the San Francisco Glacier, about two hours outside Santiago, Chile.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wat Thepthisdaram

Kade took me to this jewel, Wat Thepthisdaram.  That's Kade paying respect to the Buddha.
Originally called Wat Ban Phraakrai Suanluang, this temple was built between 1836 and 1839 on order of King Rama III. A gift for HRH Prince Apsornsudathep, its architecture is characteristic of the period, especially the ubosot, or ordination hall, with its strong Chinese features such as gable decorated with glazed ceramics. Inside are some impressive murals and the temples main Buddha image, Luang Phor Khao or Phra Buddha Devavilasa.

The wihan, prayer hall, exhibits a similar style and contains images of 43 enlightened female disciples - Bhiksuni - cast in tin. There are also four tall prangs located at each of the ubosots corners, the base of each representing the four Chinese deities.  A famous Thai poet of the Rattanakosin era, Sunthon Phu was ordained here as a monk, and Sunthon Phu was ordained here as a monk, and his former quarters, or kuti, remain.  - Source





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