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Wat Suthat Thepwararam Ratchaworamahawihan วัดสุทัศนเทพวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร , Bangkok

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Wat Suthat, Bangkok, ThailandWat Suthat, Bangkok, Thailand (29 August, 2006)

Wat Suthat Thepwararam Ratchaworamahawihan (GPS: 13.7515, 100.50111; Thai: วัดสุทัศนเทพวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร ) is one of the six major Buddhist temples of Bangkok, Thailand, classified as a royal temple of the first grade. This majestic temple has the tallest viharn, or assembly hall, of any Buddhist temples in Bangkok. Wat Suthat is located on Bamrung Muang Road facing the Giant Swing and the City Hall.

Construction of Wat Suthat began during the reign of King Rama I. It was decorated by his son, but was not completed until the reign of his grandson. It is built in the Bangkok temple architectural style, to be precise, the Rattanakosin style, a style named after the area where the present Grand Palace is located.

The Buddha image within Wat Suthat is a huge, 8-meter tall bronze in the Sukhothai style. It was moved from Wat Mahathat in Sukhothai by King Rama I. The viharn contains intricate murals depicting Buddhist cosmology, or Traiphum. Even the teak doors of the viharn is impressive. It is fiva-and-a-half meters tall, and carved in five layers. The cloister surrounding the viharn is lined with 156 golden Buddha statues. Within the courtyard are Chinese statues, similar to those at Wat Arun and several other Buddhist temples in Bangkok. These statues were brought from China and ballast for the rice boats.

Getting there

The Wat Suthat is located at Bamrung Muang Road, with the Giant Swing in front of it. At the moment, there are no Skytrains or MRT to this area, so the best way to reach Wat Suthat is by taking the taxi. You should also use your trip to visit other nearby sights.

Location: Bamrung Muang Road
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:00pm
Entrance fees: none

Wat Suthat, Bangkok, ThailandWat Suthat, Bangkok, Thailand (29 August, 2006)

Wat Suthat, Bangkok, ThailandWat Suthat, Bangkok, Thailand (29 August, 2006)

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View of the viharn of Wat Suthat (Nov 2012)

Wat Suthat is on the map of Bamrung Muang Road, Bangkok

Wat Suthat is on the map of Bangkok

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