Category: Thai Temples

Novice Monks eating Lunch

The photograph shows a group of novice monks eating their last meal of the day. Many children become novices for a few weeks during the summer holidays. It’s not easy for them as they can only eat twice a day.…

Wat Phai Rong Wua

One of the most amazing temples in Suphanburi is Wat Phai Rong Wua. Around the grounds there are reproductions of buildings marking the locations of important places in the Buddha’s life. There is also the largest concrete Buddha and this…

Replica of Dusit Maha Prasat Palace

This is a replica of Dusit Maha Prasat Palace at Ancient Siam outdoor museum in Samut Prakan. It is based on an early 19th Century building found in the Grand Palace. What is interesting about this building for history buffs is…

The Golden Buddha

The Golden Buddha is the world’s largest solid gold statue. It is located in the temple of Wat Traimit in Bangkok. The statue is 3 metres tall and weighs 5.5 tonnes. For several hundred years it was encased in a…

The Golden Mount at Night

The Golden Mount (Phu Khao Thong in Thai), is a steep artificial hill in the compound of Wat Saket in Bangkok. King Rama III (1787–1851) decided to build a large chedi at Wat Saket. Unfortunately, the chedi collapsed during construction because…

Phra Samut Chedi at Night

There has been a temple fair at Phra Samut Chedi in Samut Prakan for the last 185 years. The temple buildings used to be on an island in the middle of the Chao Phraya River. But after the river was…

Changing a Light Bulb up a Stupa

This is how they change light bulbs in Thailand 39 meters up a stupa. There was no obvious harness to stop him falling. I don’t know how he did it, but he went even higher than this. He must have…

Candlelight Procession at a Thai Temple

During all the major Buddhist holidays inThailand, Thais go to their local temple in the evening to take part in candlelight processions around the main chapel or chedi. I took this picture during Asanha Bucha Day at Wat Yai Chaimongkhol…

Wat Phra Si Sanphet at Night

One of the iconic images of Ayutthaya are the three main chedis at Wat Phra Si Sanphet. This used to be in the compound of the Grand Palace before it was burned to the ground by the Burmese in 1767.…

David Beckham in a Thai Temple

If you are a David Beckham fan on holiday in Thailand, then you might want to take time out from your schedule to visit this Thai temple that has an image of the famous footballer. It can be found on…

Monks at School

In the past, the only schools in Thailand were temple schools. Quite often, poor farmers would send their youngest sons to be novice monks at the temple where they were given free food and accommodation as well as an education.…

Half Church – Half Temple

This is a fascinating building. On the outside it looks just like a Christian cathedral. It even has a spire and stained glass windows. It is Wat Niwet Thammaprawat and was ordered to built by King Rama V in 1878.…

Wat Sothon in Chachoengsao

Probably the biggest, and certainly most stunning Buddhist ordination hall is at Wat Sothon in Chachoengsao. It was built using Carara Italian marble and is reported to be the largest white marble temple in the world. The peak is 84…