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Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon is Sanam Chai Road near The Royal Palace in Bangkok Thailand. The old temple of King Rama 1. open daily from 08.00 am. – 6.00 pm.

 

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Wat Pho or Wat Phra Chetuphon as it is generally known to the Thais, is mainly famous for the huge Reclining Buddha statue it houses. At 20 acres large, it is the largest Wat in Bangkok, and is technically the oldest too, as it was built around 200 years before Bangkok became Thailand’s capital. However, today the Wat today bears virtually no resemblance to that originally constructed, as it was almost entirely rebuilt by Rama I when the capital was moved to Bangkok. It holds the dual honors of having both Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha image and the most number of Buddha images in Thailand.
The highly impressive gold plated reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high, and is designed to illustrate the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. The feet and the eyes are engraved with mother-of-pearl decoration, and the feet also show the 108 auspicious characteristics of the true Buddha.
The large grounds of Wat Pho contain more than 1000 Buddha images in total, most from the ruins of the former capitals Ayuthaya and Sukhothai. The grounds are split in two by Chetuphon road. The northern section is generally the only one most people go to, and it includes a large bot (temple hall), enclosed by 394 bronze Buddha images. Outside the bot, there are 152 marble slabs depicting the second half of the epicRamakian story. Also near here are four chedis, constructed to honor the first three Chakri kings (two for King Rama III). There are also a massive 91 others Chedis of varying sizes arounds the grounds, along with chapels, rock gardens, an array of different types of statues, inscriptions, belltowers and resident fortune tellers. The library is nearby too, decorated impressively with figures and pagodas made of porcelain, in much the same way as Wat Arun across the river. The much less visited southern section has less of interest, but makes a good place to find a monk to chat to for a while. Most would welcome the chance to practice their English on visitors.
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Prasat Ban Prasat 1000 year old temple Issan Thailand

1000 yr old stone slab with engraving Shiva   Thailand  Issan Vi

1000 yr old stone slab with engraving Shiva Thailand Issan Vi

I First went there in 2006 and just spent a few hours. Was amazed how old and still being used by the local people. The spires were leaning. Over the years, I have made a trip at least once a year and the spires were leaning even more.  In 2007 there was work started and my last visit 2013 lot of construction but they were standing straight. Not visited by many. I have never seen a tourist, just the village people.  It is near Uthumphon Phisai which is near Sisaket Thailand. Many of these old shrines in Issan.  I have noticed that on one Thai web site and map, it listed this shrine in the wrong location. Not even close.  GPS  MAP  When I first visited the shrines there was a statue and a stone tablet that I stopped seeing around 2009. I hope they were not stolen. There are many monks in the area but my Thai is very limited.   Issan is ofter over looked by tourist but they is rich history and culture here. The food is famous through out Thailand.

The statue and stone tablet as seen before 2009

There is a Wat that has been under construction for many years being built by locals

some more from 2006 to 2013

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via jackie littletaylor | Prasat Ban Prasat over 1000 years old Thailand.

Wat Yai Chai Mongkol, is situated to the southeast of the city. The large chedi there can be seen from a great distance. This monastery was built by King U-Thong which exhumed the bodies of Chao Kaeo and Chao Thai who died of cholera, and cremated in 1357. The monastery was dedicated to the monks who had gone to study practical Buddhism in Ceylon. As the group gained the popularity, the King then appointed the head of the sect to become Somdet Phra Wannarat or the right supreme Patriarch. The temple was finally rebuilt in memorial of King Naresuan the Great for his victory over the Burmese. Considering its architectural design, experts believe the stupa was built even before Ayutthaya was founded. King Naresuan the Great had it restored and built some additions to commemorate his great victory in battle over the Burmese. He named it “Chai Mongkol” or “Auspicious Victory”

 

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Somdet Putthachan-Tho Foundation or Wat Soraphong Srang is in Sikuew at Korat or Nakorn-Rachasima Thailand. Mr. Soraphong is actor and him faith to Somdet Putthachan-Tho so just to building this Foundation, This place is not the temple and not have the monks stay here too. This place start to building 1998. The objective for the rouses and social assistance, still to promote the teaching of Disadvantaged children too. When walking out through can see the sanctuary. front is the big lake, clean and walk way have the roofing so don’t hot by sunny. Before walk to sanctuary just to pass the nice garden be shady so can relax too.

 

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Wat [Temple] Khao Takiab, have big Buddha Statue stand a close the hill , have The up stairs for go to temple area and still is viewpoint for see Khao Takiab Beach and there have one up stairs for go to Buddha footprint hall. One side of the temple is soldiers area construction and have King RAMA 5 Statue is front the hall and the back can see the sea view too. At Wat khao Takiab this a lot monkey, some on the tree, some sleeping, some on the beach for eating something so surprise for me.

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