Saturday, July 24, 2010

A Homage to Luang Pho To

Included in the obligatory temple visits during my fist time in Bangkok was Wat Intharawihan.  This temple complex, located in Nakhon District, was built during the Ayutthaya period.

One of the main attractions of Wat Intharawihan is the towering Buddha image of Luang Pho To or Phrasiariyametri, which measures 32 meters high and 10 meters wide.  The topknot of the image contains the holy relics of the Buddha brought from Sri Lanka. It is said that this image took 60 years to complete, starting in 1867 until 1927, spanning the reigns of Rama IV and Rama VII.

Luang Pho To is believed to have the power to grant one's wishes, especially when an offering of a head of a mackerel fish, a boiled egg, and a lei of flowers is presented. 

Wat Intharawihan is locatedi in Wisutthikasat Road,Phra Nakorn District, Bangkok.  Nearby attractions/landmarks are Banglamphu area, Thewet area, Bank of Thailand.  You can ride bus numbers 10 and 49 if you wish to commute.  The complex is open daily from 8.30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Admission is free!

one of the artfully designed windows adorning Wat Intharawihan

posing at the foot of Luang Pho To

Sending you happy thoughts...

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