My favourite temples and shrines in Bangkok.

The temple (called a "wat" in Thai) is a holy place, and there are specific rules to be observed on temple grounds. Read more about do and don't in a Thai temple on the Sidebar >>>

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Wat Dhammamongkol (วัดธรรมมงคล)

This massive but shabby chedi (95 m high) contains a large Buddha image made of 1 big piece of jade. Inside the chedi you can take the elevator to the 12th floor. On that floor you will find dusty collections of old hand-held fans, jewellery, pots etc.. 2 floors up, the walls are decorated with silver tiles. This is the holy part of the chedi where they keep a hair of Buddha. The higher floors also offer a good view of the surrounding area. In a separate, more modern pavilion, another big statue of jade is on display. This is the Chinese Buddhist goddess Kwan Yin. The ceiling relief depicts the life of Buddha.[Sukhumvit Road, Soi 101] More photosWat Dhammamongkol (in Thai)

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