Wat Rajapradit

Wat Rajapradit

Wat Rajapradit Sathitmahasimaram Rajawaravihara | First Class Royal Temple | Presiding Buddha Image: Phra Buddha Sihunka Patimakorn | Temple of King Rama IV Phrabat Somdet Phra Poramentharamaha Mongkut Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua

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Wat Rajapradit Sathitmahasimaram Rajawaravihara is a First Class Royal Temple. It was built by King Rama IV, the temple is one of the most important Royal temple in Chakri dynasty. The temple was the first temple that was built for Dhammayutika Nikaya (an austere order of Buddhism) in Thailand. It was built in 1864.

Wat Bowonniwet Vihara was the first temple in Siam that Dhammayutika Nikaya was practiced and it was quite a long way for the people living in the Grand palace to travel there to make a merit or meditation so Wat Rajapradit Sathitmahasimaram was built so it is nearer for people to come to the temple.

Wat Bowonniwet Vihara was once a Maha Nikaya temple (a sect of Buddhism), It changed the practiced to Dhammayutika Nikaya after King Rama IV was an abbot there during his monk hood therefore Wat Rajapradit Sathitmahasimaram was the first temple that was built for the Dhammayutika Nikaya.

The temple was built on the land that was once a coffee plantation next to the royal palace. The land was too low and the soil were too soft to build so King Rama IV had the ideas that broken garlic jars and broken pots and broken glass could be used to make the foundation strong, also cost saving foundation.

He asked if the broken pots, jars and glasses could be donated to build the temple. The foundation ceremony was opened for public viewing because there was a rumor that there were lots of gold buried with the jars.

The Wall paintings in the Uposatha are also the highlights of the temple art works. It showed the royal ceremonies over 12 months, as well as some significant works and events of King Rama IV.

Location
Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand.

Transportation
Bus Nos. 2, 60
Air-conditioned bus Nos. 1, 2, 512

Opening hours
The Temple is Open Daily from 08.30 A.M. - 06.30 P.M.
The Uposatha is Open Daily from 09.00 A.M. - 09.30 A.M. and 05.30 P.M. - 06.15 P.M. and Buddhist Holy Day Open 08:30 A.M. - 06:00 P.M.

Special Thanks to Khun Naifah Chandrabhaya, Mr.Stephen Jaggs editor.

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