Sunday, July 1, 2018

WAT DHAMMAMONGKOL - BANGKOK

WAT DHAMMAMONGKOL - BANGKOK

updated from original post on www.chimburi.com at Wat Dhammamongkol

I always love to come back to Wat Dhammamongkol, which is now much easier with the Sky Train than many years ago when the last BTS Station was still far from the temple and I had to catch a taxi for the last few miles.  The temple has come a long way from what it looked like during my first visits, though some of the monks I know from here are still around. It is always a great temple to visit for a special ceremony, a buddhist holiday or just for a meditation.  Usually I also visit the museum in the upper floors of the huge pagoda, but this visit the lift was closed or broken and no light was on in the staircase, so I had to skip it. There is now also a little cafe on the temple grounds which provided shade and cold drinks during my visit in the hot season!









Thursday, June 28, 2018

WAT PRAYUNWONG - BANGKOK

WAT PRAYUNWONG

Updated from original post on www.chimburi.com at Wat Prayunwong

One of our first temples we visited back in the year 2000. We did come back here during the mourning period for the late King Bumipol but the temple was under renovation then. So, we were pleased to see that work had been finished and the temple looked beautfully renovated in May 2018. Both the Vihara and the Ubosot were open and we took the opportunity to make merit with a monk in the Vihara. Inside the Ubosot the mural paintings were in the process to be renovated and scaffolding was put up inside. 









WAT PICHAYART - BANGKOK

WAT PICHAYART 

Updated from original post on www.chimburi.com at Wat Pichayat

We have been regularly to this serene and beautiful temple in Bangkok's Khlong Sarn district. Usually when we come back to Bangkok we also visit this temple for a meditation or prayer session, so we did it again in May 2018. 
 









Thursday, January 19, 2017

WAT PA LAD

We never covered Wat Pa Lad before on www.chimburi.com. It was one of the temples which we had only visited after we had to stop using and posting through frontpage. 

However, it is nowadays also a MUST visit temple when in Chiang Mai. Easy to reach by motorbike, or as a drop-off with a red song taeow. However, extremely hard to get away from since all the taxis going down from the mountain are usually full. 

Wat Pa Lad is THE prime example of a meditation temple. So, it is extremely important to be quiet, well dressed (or covered) and with a positive attitude! Meditation and contemplation is the thing to do here. While it has also been discovered by tourists, I sincerely hope that we can keep this place what it is - a hidden gem in the middle of a touristy mountain. 












 

WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP

Updated from original post on www.chimburi.com at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

A visit to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a MUST when in Chiang Mai! I have been here at every single one of my visits at least once. It's always been a very touristy thing to do...or with other words, even if you just want to pay respect to the Buddha here you will be surrounded by tourists. What amazes me though is to see how massively under dressed and in some cases disrespectful tourists come to this important temple. Both western and asian! It's loud and busy and there is almost no way to take photos without tourists in them. These days it is just selfie-crazy! 

But it is an important temple and I consider it good luck to come to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep at the beginning of my trip to Chiang Mai.  I have not taken the red song taeows up here anymore, but I know that they will now collectively drive all the tourists up here from the base of the mountain. In the old days they were still taken you up to the temple alone. Lately I either come by motorbike, which is much easier to park, or with cars of friends/tours which always causes a major headache for parking. 

My last trip was part of a White Hmong Village/Bhuping Palace round trip, so we got here in the afternoon. The view onto the city was excellent and I think in all those years I never had such a clear view!

Sadly the under dressed tourists are not the only problem. There have also been reports of young tourists who kick the bells with their feet (as in a kung fu fight), hence there are now more signs about what not to do. 





 

WAT KHUN CHANG KIAN - CHIANG MAI

Wat Khun Chang Kian is a small village temple in the White Hong village of Khun Chang Kian high up the mountains and deep in the rain forest of Chiang Mai. We took a private trip up here to visit the village and it's small temple. No gold and glitter up here since there is not much donation in these villages. We have also only seen one monk in the temple. Besides a Thai Buddhist temple there is also a christian church up here and of course the local animistic believes of the Hmong people. 





 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

WAT BUDDHAISAWAN - BANGKOK


We have never covered Wat Buddhaisawan on www.chimburi.com before, even though we had been here several times to pay our respect to Phra Buddha Sihing, the second most sacred (if there is such a ranking) Buddha statue of Thailand. We usually see Phra Buddha Sihing during the ceremonies when it is brought out onto Sanam Luang, unless it is a copy of it. Who knows. 

Wat Buddhaisawan hall is inside the grounds of the National Museum and naturally it is always busy with tourists, students but also a few worshippers. I believe that there is no Buddhist ceremonies or chantings inside this hall, since it is not part of a temple. At least I have never seen one or heard about it. The hall is really famous for it's excellent murals, hence lots of students come and have sessions inside the hall. There are several very sacred Buddha statues located inside the hall, but it changes with various exhibitions of the museum Protected under glass are also several relics of the Buddha.