Wat Suthat

Wat Suthat

Wat Suthat Thepwararam Rajawaramahavihara | First Class Royal Temple | Presiding Buddha Image: Phra Sri Sakyamuni | Temple of King Rama VIII Phrabat Somdet Phra Poramentharamaha Ananda Mahidol

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According to Thai tradition, when a King passed away, his royal cremains would be brought to be kept safe at his Royal temple or the temple that the king ordered the construction, however during king Rama VI, he thought there were too many Royal temples around the city so instead of building another temple he built a school, the school he built was Vajiravudha college. He then announced Wat Bowonniwet Vihara was his royal temple.

When King Ananda Mahidol (King Rama VIII) was alive. He also didn't built anymore Royal temples, he announced that Wat Suthat Thepwararam Rajawaramahavihara which was already a Royal temple built by King Rama I, Phrabat Somdet Phra Phutthayotfa Chulalok. The temple was built right in the middle of Ko Rattanakosin, symbol of the place where all angles would be resided in haven.

The main Presiding Buddha Image is Phra Sri Sakyamuni which locate in the Royal Vihara, Phra Buddha Trilokachet is locate in the main Uposatha and Phra Buddha Setmuni is locate on the main meeting hall for monks.

The temple construction was begun during King Rama I, in 1807. Further construction and decorations were carried out by King Rama II who himself helped carve the wooden doors, but the temple was not completed until the reign of King Rama III in 1847.

Phra Sri Sakayamuni
Presiding Buddha Image

Phra Sri Sakayamuni, the main Buddha image, is larger and older than any other bronze cast Buddha image in Thailand. The base of the image (from one knee to the other knee end ) is 6.25 metres wide and has a height of 8 metres. In the former days, the image was the main image at the main chapel at Wat Mahathat, the centre of the ancient city of Sukhothai. The inscriptions at Wat Paa Mamuang relate that Phra Mahathammaracha Lithai of Sukhothai, ruler from 1347 to 1376 A.D., had requested this image cast and then commemorated it in 1361 A.D.. In 1808 A.D., King Rama I then requested that Phra Phirenthep journey to Sukhothai to retrieve the Buddha image by raft via the river, enshrine it at The Chang coupled with a celebration of seven days, and after which transport by sledge to its present site at Wat Suthat Thepwararam.

Location
Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand.

Transportation
Bus Nos. 10, 12, 15, 19, 35, 42, 48, 73, 96

Opening hours
The Temple is Open Daily from 08.00 A.M. - 09.00 P.M.
Admission fee: 20 Baht

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

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