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It has been a while. As I started telling you about my South East Asian Odyssey, I have changed base island, and now, I am too far away. Anyway, on day 4 in Bangkok.
Today, a pleasant early morning dew allured me to walk from the hotel down West bank of the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi, Bangkok. My next destination–the Wat Arun, dubbed as the “Temple of the Dawn” due to its amazing pearly iridescent colors of the river at the breaking of the dawn.
It is also believed in the latter part of 16th century, a certain King named “Taksin” vowed to restore the temple after passing it at the dawn.
Wat Arun is one of the landmarks in Bangkok. A Buddhist temple which believed to have existed earlier in the 16th century. In time, this temple has been abandoned but was restored by King Rama II, and was added few more meters.
It garners fame due to its steeps and narrow steps up to its Khmer- designed towers (prang) here in Bangkok. It has 4 other smaller “prang” and the tallest one on its center is roughly about 282 ft tall. Climbing up to it’s terrace gives you an overview of the Phraya River.
I keep my own faith to myself. Though, when you say religion, it’s too broad and unfathomable. Quite sensitive, here in Bangkok, I appreciate the beauty of respecting other’s belief though to yourself their practice can be wrong, yet their belief that it plays an integral part on their life that I respect as long as I have my own that is ought to be respected in return.
These prangs represents symbolic features and beliefs like the statue of “Trident of Shiva”, ancient Chinese soldiers and animals and is believed to have gained support by rows of demons and monkeys. The entrance of these towers leads you to the terraces with various statues of Buddha and Hindus gods.
It also has this Ordination hall where people utter their prayers and lit some prayer sticks to the statues. These building is separate from the towers few meters away. An elegant building covered with ceramics with 2 demons figure in front of it.
A temple visit like this took me back to the past Asian Civilization lessons in the classroom. The only difference is I experience it by my own now.
I honestly couldn’t tell one by one whether how and what each figures and statues represent, whether it is believed to be dedicated to the Wind god, whether the ashes of the King Rama is kept in the base of the temple. History books or internet can provide that. It is so unique and is completely a different world.
I experienced them all, that all that matters to me.
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