Wat Prayoon | Cruise Mekong River

Wat Prayoon

Wat Prayoon

Not far from Wat Arun, the temple of the Dawn and so close to the banks of the Chao Phraya River situated Wat Prayoon that was built by Rama III early in the nineteenth century. Travel Indochina Myanmar

Wat Prayoon

Wat Prayoon

Once entering the temple, what attracts your attention at the first sight is the big tump that is thought to have been constructed by the king after his observation of the shapes that wax forms as dripping from a candle. A variety of shrines to deceased loved ones in various sizes and styles cover the mound. Many chedis, genie houses and even the strange baby doll house remain as well as a small grotto on one side.

The location of the mound is a pool of shoal water filled with turtles where you can feed a large number of different species of turtles represented with papaya and other fresh fruits sold at any stores in one corner of the courtyard embracing the mound. Myanmar travel packages

Bone storage

Bone storage

Although the first structure you will get access to after going out of the back of the courtyard is the crematorium right behind the mound are the temple buildings proper. Elegantly decorated with multi-colored mirrored tiles around the windows, doors and at the gable ends are the main decoration of all the bot and wiharn.

There is a large white chedi very much in the Ayutthaya style that is the only large chedi of its type completed in Bangkok located at the very back of the temple compound. Although the King Rama II tried his best to establish a similar one at the eastern gate of the city, people did not support it and the chedi which later became the Golden Mount fell down. After the massive renovation in 2007 the pagoda now appears in pure bright white. A large number of amulets and Buddha statues that were found in a cache within the chedi during the reconstruction are now on display in a small museum next to the pagoda.

Traditional Ayutthaya-style chedi

Traditional Ayutthaya-style chedi

Having all the regular structures of a Buddhist temple including a library, the meditation halls, the assembly and the chedi, Wat Prayoon is a perfect example of Buddhist temple in Thailand. Besides its colorful mirrors, its red 1.5 meters high iron barrier, constructed from ancient war axes, swords, and lances setting it aside from other temples is also one of the most unique elements.

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