Thailand, located in East Asia, is a kingdom complete with a variety of culturally and historically rich experiences. For tourists seeking to flee from frost bitten winters, a multitude of islands such as Phuket allow them to enjoy a rejuvenating experience that results in relaxation and serenity. For those with an affinity for cultural, religious and historic landmarks, Thai history is colourful and so are its people. Thus, one will never be at a loss for places to visit, landmarks to see and monuments to enjoy. On the other hand, for firm believers of retail therapy, one need not go beyond the capital of Bangkok whose streets come alive at night with bustling vendors selling a myriad of goods.
Having been introduced to Buddhism centuries ago, Thailand has embraced its religious roots through the years and this is evident in the multitudes of temples and places of worship that dot the country. The Wat Hua Lamphong, one such Royal Buddhist Temple, is iconic for several reasons. The architecture of the Temple is distinctive yet similar to the architecture used for other temples in East Asia. However, the Wat Hua Lamphong was recently renovated as part of the celebrations conducted for the fiftieth anniversary with regards to the ascension to the throne of the reigning King fondly known as King Rama IX.
The temple itself has been incorporated tastefully into its surroundings and as a result, it is not awkward or strange but melts gracefully into place. This temple also has a special function as it invites devotees to offer a prayer for those who have departed and also pray for good tidings in the future. Many visitors, both tourists and locals alike, take gifts to offer to the priests at the temple as well.
The tranquillity and serenity felt at the Wat Hua Lamphong is closely rivalled by that of Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, a waterfront retreat and a Riverside Bangkok hotel that is known for its pleasing accommodation and facilities.
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.