Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Temple of Standing Buddha

Known in Thai as "Luang Pho To", Phrasiariyametri is a gigantic statue of Buddha located at Wat Intharavihan in Bangkok. It is the most gigantic standing Buddha statue with alms-bowl in hands, facing east. It is 32 meters tall and 11 meters wide.

The temple which houses several Buddhas statues and paintings is really colorful and beautiful. Devotees believe that Luang Pho To can bless everyone with success, particularly if they present the head of a mackerel fish, a boiled egg and a lei of flowers.

As with any other temples, what immediately caught my attention was the intricate architecture of the temples. The designs and carvings of the windows are really grand.

The temple also serves as a final resting place of Thais' cremated loved ones. The urns of the departed are line-up neatly at the corridor of the temple.

Just a word of caution, in all shrines and temples in Thailand you must remember to take off your shoes. Even if there isn't a sign in English, look out for other shoes left by doorways. And lastly, always observe the Thais' culture as it may be extremely different from your own. In this temple, devotees believe that Luang Pho To can bless everyone with success, particularly if they present the head of a mackerel fish, a boiled egg and a lei of flowers.

22 comments:

  1. Amazing structure. maybe even worth taking of my shoes to go inside.

    Wiley Willows Photoblog

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  2. wow, beautiful pics :)

    the first pic of the giant statue is amazing :)

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  3. thailand! amazing pics, lawstude!

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  4. Never been here. Saan banda ito? Looks interesting more than the reclining Buddha statue.

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  5. Another set of most amazing photos. And with some useful info. Well done.

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  6. Fantastic architecture, what a beautiful building.

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  7. Thank You for leaving a comment in my blog so I could find this informative and photogenic blog! I find it rather amazing with so much gold, when people are starving ... or am I misinformed?

    The photos below taking during night-time is gorgeous.

    Anna-Lys
    of Sweden

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  8. @ luke wiley - they say when in rome, do as the romans do. for thais, taking shoes off in temples is a sign of respect.

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  9. @ bw - right, thd giant buddha wont even fit in the temple. amazing.

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  10. @ lazarus - tnx, bangkok is exotic and amazing.

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  11. @ kegler - believe me carlo i cant even pronounce the street moreso remember it, but i remember it was in the city center only.

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  12. @ daniel - i am also amazed on the details they have put on their works. so intricate yet so beautiful.

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  13. @ anna-lys - thais love their royalties and these royalties return favor by building beautiful temples.

    i didnt see any beggars or starving people in bangkok. there are lots of monks who ask for alms but giving is on a voluntary basis.

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  14. @ uma por dia - there are lots of differen buddhas in bangkok. and with different positions and expressions (standing, reclining, lying, smiling, golden etc). i gather that this one is quite old.

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  15. @ richard - hello. welcome back bro.

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  16. These are some great pics. I am fascinated with the architecture of shrines and temples. Beautiful.

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  17. Amazing structure. Thailand is a nice spot definitely.

    (:

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  18. @ rochelle - i couldn't agree more.

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  19. @ kyels - and i would never hesitate given another chance to come back there. such warm people.

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