A country in the Southeast Asian region, Bangkok, Thailand is known for its distinct cultural history and colorful traditions. What makes Thailand unique is that, Thais pay importance to their history even up to this day and age. Because of these, Bangkok becomes one of the most interesting tourist destinations.
Speaking of striking architecture, one of the most popular tourist spots in Bangkok, Thailand are its finest temples which can be one of the highlights of visit to the city. These places of worship existed in centuries starting from the early Lanna period down to the Sukhothai and Ayutthaya periods to the current ‘glorious era’ of Rattanakosin.
The Role of Buddhist Temples in Thais’ Spirituality
Buddhism is widely practiced in Thailand as a state religion. As a matter of fact, 95% of the population in Thailand are Buddhists. The main principle of this religion is that, you might have lived upon this earth during a past life but in a different form or status. In other words, the physical form and future life of a newly born will depend on the karma gained or lost in their past life.
If you happen to visit Thailand you will notice that Buddhist temples play an important role in the everyday life of the Thais. People go to temples to seek guidance, for good health and fortune and wealth. Some troubled souls also seek advice from monks. Some believed that if its your first time in a temple, you can pray or wish for once and it will come true. Do you wish to go to these temples? The huge help of some travel agents for a Bangkok tour will let you discover them more.
This temple is the home to the world’s largest massive gold-seated Buddha which measures 5 meters in height and weighs 5 and a half tons. In the past, artists made the Buddhas in gold and dress them up from invading armies by putting a huge stucco and plaster. This is located at the end of Chinatown’s Yaowarat Road, near Hualampong Railway Station.
The Buddha at Wat Traimit was discovered by accident. When it was accidentally dropped, it revealed, under a casing of plaster, a beautiful solid gold Sukhothai style Buddha. Therefore, they kept the pieces of the plaster on display.
By all means, this is considered as one of the leading schools of massage in Thailand. This temple is associated with King Rama I who reestablished the temple complex on an earlier temple site, and became his main temple. Finally, it is one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 meters long and is covered in gold leaf.
In conclusion, touring these temples are really worthwhile especially if you want to find your inner peace. However, when visiting a temple, please always pay attention to the rules and regulation accordingly in order to respect Thailand’s customs and traditions.