Saturday, 8 September 2012

Wat Arun - Bangkok - Thailand

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan is the important place for Buddhist follower in Thailand. This place famous with sun dawn attraction, where you can see and enjoy how beatiful the temple mix with the light of sunset.

The name of Arun come from the India God name. In Hindu mythology and scriptures, Arun (अरुण) is a personification of the reddish glow of the rising Sun,which is believed to have spiritual powers. The presence of Aruṇá, the coming of day, is invoked in Brahmin prayers to Surya.

To reached this place we need to across chaopraya river. There is a boat every 10 minute that take you to the wat arun dock and you need pay around 3 THB. For the foreigners, the temple charges an entrance fee is 50 THB. Again you should wear decent clothes to go inside.

The main feature of Wat Arun is its central prang (Khmer-style tower) which are encrusted with colourful porcelain.This is interpreted as a stupa-like pagoda incrusted with coloured faience. The height is reported by different sources as between 66.8 m (219 ft) and 86 m (282 ft). The corners are surrounded by four smaller satellite prangs. The prangs are decorated by seashells and bits of porcelain which had previously been used as ballast by boats coming to Bangkok from China.

What make me interesting is, the story of wat arun myth is very closed with hindusm. The central prang symbolizes Mount Meru of the Indian cosmology.The satellite prangs are devoted to the wind god, Phra Phai. The demons (yaksha) at the entranceway to the ubosot are from the Ramakien. The white figure is named Sahassa Deja and the green one is known as Thotsakan, the Demon Rāvana from Ramayana.

The central prang is topped with a seven-pronged trident, referred to by many sources as the "Trident of Shiva". Around the base of the prangs are various figures of ancient Chinese soldiers and animals. Over the second terrace are four statues of the Hindu god Indra riding on Erawan.

In the Buddhist iconography, the central prang is considered to have three symbolic levels - base for Traiphum indicating all realms of existence, middle for Tavatimsa where all desires are gratified and top denoting Devaphum indicating six heavens within seven realms of happiness. At the riverside are six pavilions (sala) in Chinese style. The pavilions are made of green granite and contain landing bridges.

Walked around this place in the 37 celsius degrees make my skin totaly burn :(.

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