The mesmeric temple of Wat Mahatat built in the 18th century is one of the most ancient temples in Thailand and was thus constructed to house a relic of Lord Buddha. Now a popular attraction, the temple is easily accessible from any Bangkok resort in the locale. Anantara Bangkok Riverside which features among 5 star hotels in Bangkok should be thought before embarking on a tour of the premises.
The temple has been subject to many a restoration effort which was carried out under the watchful eyes of King Rama IV. Within its sacred premises is the country’s largest monastic order; the Mahanikai School of Buddhism where many students from Southeast Asia gather to learn and be spiritually enlightened. The inner courtyard of the shrine pans out into a spread of immaculate and beautiful relics and statuettes coupled with a well manicured garden from where tall palm trees grow. Fortune telling is one of the practices carried out within the Wat Mahatat while the temple proudly projects the famous Center of Vipassana Meditation. Should you want to learn this art of relaxation, the monks of the temple would be happy to assist you in your endeavour of being at peace with oneself.
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.