Picture of the week (No.31): The cultural attractions of Bangkok, Thailand. Share
Each week (actually currently 1 or 2 times a month), Willgoto selects here a nice picture. The cultural attractions of Bangkok and, more specifically, Wat Pho - the Temple of the Reclining Buddha - are the theme of the thirty-first picture of this series. Wat Pho is indeed among the most visited attractions of the Thai capital. This time we have selected three pictures.
The Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand.
Buddha images in the cloister of Wat Pho, Bangkok.
Chinese guardian of Wat Pho, Bangkok (Thailand).
The country. Thailand is a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia. In 2018, it hosted 38 million of foreign visitors. The country is best known for its beautiful beaches - among others, those of Phuket, Koh Phi Phi, Koh Samui, Krabi, Koh Lipe, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Lanta, Hua Hin and many others - and for its rich cultural heritage, especially in Bangkok, and, in the North, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
Thailand is home to no less than 127 national parks, including 22 marine parks, and many other protected areas (forest parks, wildlife sanctuaries and wetlands). Thailand is a favorite destination for people watching birds or marine life. 10% of all marine species in the world may be found in Thai waters.
Five sites in Thailand are part of the world heritage listed by UNESCO: the historic sites of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai (both ancient capitals), the archaeological site of Ban Chiang and two natural areas, the vast Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex (which includes several national parks and stretches 230 km to the Cambodian border) and the Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries (600 000 ha along the border with Myanmar).
Vacations in Bangkok. Bangkok, Thailand's capital, is a major modern metropolis and the most visited tourist destination in the country. It is home to several historic attractions such as the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), Wat Traimit and its Golden Buddha (the largest gold statue in the world), Phu Khao Thong, Wat Ratchanadda, and others.
Wat Pho is located south to the Grand Palace in the Phra Nakhon district. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious Buddhist temples in Bangkok. The temple dates from the reign of Rama I (1782-1809), which built it on the site of an older temple. It was renovated and enlarged by Rama III in the first half of the XIX century. It was restored in 1982. It was the first public education center in Thailand and still houses a school of traditional medicine. The Thai massage was born there and is still practiced today in the temple enclosure.
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Wat Pho houses a gold-plated Reclining Buddha that is 46 m long and 15 m high, one of the longest in the world. In the temple enclosure, in addition to the Hall housing the Reclining Buddha, there are many other notable religious buildings and images, including:
-- Phra Ubosot where religious services are held,
-- Phra Maha Chedi Si Rajakarn (a group of four 42-m high pagodas surrounded by a white wall with gates that are guarded by Chinese stone guardians),
-- a double cloister hosting a total of 400 images of Buddha all covered with gold - the largest collection of Buddhas in Thailand -,
-- Phra Mondob (a library that is home to ancient Buddhist writings; it is not in principle open to the public; its entrance is guarded by giants Yak Wat Pho who, according to legend, clashed with those of the Temple of Dawn which is located on the other bank of the river),
-- Phra Prang (4 marble stupas) and still several other constructions.
Bangkok's cultural attractions include also a number of interesting museums such as the Jim Thompson House, the Bangkok National Museum, or the Vimanmek Mansion. Are also parts of sightseeing in Bangkok: the traditional floating markets (with the numerous canals of the city that gave it the nickname of Venice of the East), and, as for shopping, some popular street markets like the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market or several major modern shopping malls. In addition, Bangkok offers various opportunities for authentic Thai massages and a lively nightlife.
Bangkok is also the starting point of day trips to various nearby attractions such as Ayutthaya's historic site or the Kwaï River Bridge.
How to get there: Bangkok has two international airports: Suvarnabhumi airport and Don Muang airport. The first is connected to many Asian and European cities (London, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome, Moscow, Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, etc.) and other places in the Middle East or in Australia by direct flights. The second is mainly used for flights of low-cost airlines such as Thai Air Asia, NOK Air and Thai Lion Air.
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