Saturday, February 14, 2015

Buddhist Temple

Buddhist Temple Wat Arun in Bangkok


Buddhist temple Wat Arun, who can often be seen on postcards and postage stamps is one of the most popular attractions in Bangkok. Focus of photographers and tourists enjoy its famous tower in the Khmer style called "Phra Bang." Being built on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the tower is the tallest building in Thailand. Tourists from Russia, like a trip to the country, especially as tours to Thailand from Vladivostok every year more accessible.

Wat Arun, commonly known as the "Temple of Dawn" is deeply venerated by pilgrims of Thailand, because all over the world there are only six Buddhist temples, which are higher than the Wat Arun. Also temple Wat Arun - this is just one of the few churches that precedes the base of Bangkok and the early days of the reign of the kingdom of Rattanakosin in 1782.

After in 1767 the Burmese destroyed the city of Ayutthaya (the former capital of Thailand), King Taksin the Great declared the city Thonburi, on the west coast that the Chao Phraya River, the new capital. The land on which is located the temple Wat Arun, has been chosen to host the base of the Kingdom of Thonburi. Temple, the original name of Wat Jang, located on the ruins of old Wat Makoko, built during the time of existence of the state of Ayutthaya (XIV-XVIII century).

The death of King Taksin led to the neglect of the Kingdom of Thonburi. Soon came Rattanakosin Kingdom, whose capital city was chosen on the other side of the Chao Phraya River - Bangkok.

During the reign of Buddhi Nafalem (1809-1824 year) Wat Arun was restored, after which he was already familiar name.

Pagoda "Phra Bang" at the moment reaches 80 meters in height. Tower, executed in the Khmer style, lined with thousands of tiny pieces of colorful Chinese porcelain. There is a story that porcelain was allegedly found in the submerged ship, which was carrying an expensive Chinese dishes. However, there is another hypothesis that the Chinese bought battered china for funny money, and then use the pieces for facing the church.

The tower symbolizes Mount Meru, which is a sacred place for Buddhists, and steep stairs leading to the top of the tower symbolizes the difficulty of achieving nirvana. By the way, from the top of the pagoda offers a magnificent view of the river and the surrounding area, so self-respecting tourist on the top of the tower to rise still stands.

Tourists who want to visit the temple, you need to remove your shoes and make sure to wear the most covered body.