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Visit Wat Suthat (Bangkok)

Bangkok
Thai name : วัดสุทัศนเทพวราราม
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Located not far from Wat Saket, the Golden Mountain temple, Wat Suthat is one of the ten first class royal temples in Bangkok. Its construction was started by King Rama I in 1807. Then the construction and decorations were carried out under the reign of King Rama II but the temple was not completed until the reign of King Rama III in 1847. The full name of the temple is Wat Suthat Thep Wararam but everyone call it Wat Suthat.
This temple contains a statue of Buddha called Phra Sri Sakyamuni coming from Sukhothai province. On the lower terrace, there are 28 Chinese pagodas representing the 28 Buddhas born on earth. The murals inside the main chapel detail the 24 previous incarnations of Lord Buddha. They use the technique of Western painting with perspective, which is unique to this temple.
With their 21.15 meters high, between Wat Suthat and Bangkok City Hall, the two red pillars of the Giant Swing are quite impressive. The original Giant Swing dated from 1784 but it has been replaced by a new one in 2004.
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Practical information about Wat Suthat

The temple is easy to find, it is on the place with the Giant Swing. It is a quite peacefull place since very few tourists come to visit Wat Suthat even if it is a very beauutiful place.
Entrance fee: 100 THB
Open from 8:30 am to 18h

How to get to Wat Suthat ?

To get to Wat Suthat by public transport, the easiest way is to take the Bangkok MRT Subway and get off at Sam Yot Station , you will then have just over 5 minutes of walking to reach the temple. You can also visit the Bangkok Correction Museum located in the heart of the city and walk to the Temple of the Golden Mountain which is not so far and is worth the detour.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Suthat is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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