Wat Bowonniwet – Behold the golden chedi of fifty metres

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The capital of Thailand is a city of culture, heritage and religion as well as development and modern facilities. Temples that rise into the sky, statues of gold and markets on water stand alongside rooftop bars, swanky restaurants and ritzy nightclubs. To take it all in, find a Bangkok city hotel and put yourself at the heart of all the action. Ideal for first time visitors is the trendy neighbourhood of Sathorn. It is popular with tourists and the Chatrium Residence Sathon Bangkok offers luxury complemented by panoramic views of the surroundings.

The Royal temple of Wat Bowonniwet, often shortened to Wat Bowon, dates back to the start of the 19th century. It was built during the reign of King Nangklao and initially named Wat Mai. Wat Rangsi Sutthawat and Wat Mai were two temples with a canal running between them. The two temples, which were merged together in 1923, are what is now known as Wat Bowonniwet. There have been six abbots of the temple, the first was Prince Mongkut, who was later crowned King Rama IV. The temple has since been closely associated with the Thai Royal Family. Thailand’s present King, Bhumibol Adulyadej, otherwise known as Rama IX, also resided at the temple.

The temple complex consists of an ordination hall, a chedi, several viharans, a scripture library, a Bo tree shrine, a number of Royal residences, living quarters for the temple’s monks and a bell tower. The chedi takes pride of place and can be seen towering above the other structures. The public is only allowed to enter on Wat Khao Phansa Day to view the five small golden chedis within; each holds a sacred relic. Admission to the temple is free of charge, however conservative attire is required. It is open every day from 6am to 6pm.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+

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