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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Wat Suwannaram

Starting with Kade, there's just an extraordinary amount of beauty present in this photo.  Likely my favorite shot from the whole trip.  And in the video above, I especially enjoy filming Kade inside the temple (1:40).  The temple name is shortened to Wat Suwan.

Known for its wonderful original murals, Wat Suwannaram is a little known and rarely visited temple in Thonburi, not far from the Royal Barges Museum. It was built during the reign of King Taksin, during the Ayutthaya period, and briefly became an execution site for Burmese prisoners. Separate restorations during both King Rama I's and King Rama III's reigns gave it its current name and design, and it went on to serve as the Royal cremation ground for members of the royal family and high-ranking officers until the reign of King Rama V.

The ubosot has a three-tiered roof decorated with garuda heads, leaf-like decorations and mosaics, and its gable is carved elaborately from wood. The temple's real draw though is the original early 19th Century murals by famous historic artists Thong Yu and Pae Khong, which although decaying and in need of restoration, are exquisite. They tell the story of Lord Buddha and are considered by experts to be among Thailand's most beautiful. There is also a Buddha image in the Subduing Mar posture from the Sukothai period.

Other features in the temple complex include a wihan, or prayer hall, built during King Rama V's reign, and monks' residences.  - source



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