Temples of Thailand - a photographic journey
Bangkok Area Provinces: Central North North-East West South East
Wat Maha Phruettharam
Continuing our walking tour through the old districts of Bangkok we visited Wat Maha Phruettharam, which was really one of the highlights of this area of Bangkok. It is a 300 year old temple (formerly known as Wat Tha-Kwian) with a large Ubosot and Viharn, which were both open and well kept. Beautiful mural paintings can be seen in the Ubosot, which was reconstructed in A.D. 1854. Between the Ubosot and the Viharn are four stupas, representing the four Buddhas of the worlds so far. A large reclining Buddha image is located in a building to the side and it is said to be the second largest "sleeping Buddha" after that of Wat Pho. Unfortunately the caretaker of the building was rather unfriendly and more interested in receiving donations and making sure that the "no camera" order is followed, which might be a sign of the number of tourists being brought here by taxi drivers. Since this area has a large Chinese-Thai population there is also a golden statue of Avalokiteshwara Bodhisattva, or Kwan Yin in one corner of the temple compound, which is opposite of the shrine for the remains of Luang Phu Nob Phuwadhi, a highly revered meditation teacher.