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Wat Suthat

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Fronted by the Giant Swing, Wat Suthat enshrines a huge bronze Buddha image that connects the ancient Sukhothai kingdom to modern Thailand. Those who don’t care about the history will most likely be soothed by the meditative atmosphere and impressed by exquisite murals and Buddha images at one of Bangkok’s premier temples.

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King Rama I established Wat Suthat in the early 19th century and his grandson, King Rama III, oversaw the finishing touches some four decades later. Seated in the Subduing Mara posture and crafted back in the 13th century, the principle Buddha image, known as Phra Si Sakyamuni, has a height of eight metres and is the largest Sukhothai-style bronze Buddha in the world. The ashes of King Rama VIII were enshrined in the base of the image following the young king’s mysterious death in 1946.

Take a moment. Photo taken in or around Wat Suthat, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Take a moment. Photo: David Luekens

Originally enshrined at Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai, the image is exceptional not only in terms of artistry but also in the history of Thailand. According to Joe Cummings in Buddhist Temples of Thailand, “When the Buddha arrived in the new capital, Rama I walked barefoot in the streets alongside his subjects for seven days while the image was paraded around the city.” Back in Sukhothai, it had been one of the most sacred Buddha images in a kingdom that laid down many of the cultural roots for the modern Thai nation. Records also say that part of Bangkok’s outer wall or gate had to be torn down to get the ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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How to get there
Wat Suthat is centrally located in the old town on Bamrung Muang Road and can be reached by walking a half-kilometre south from Democracy Monument on Dinso Road. Open daily 09:00-20:00. Admission is 20 baht but it’s not forcefully collected.

Wat Suthat
146 Bamrung Muang Rd
Daily 09:00-20:00
T: (02) 224 9845 
Admission: 20 baht

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