Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wat Rakang, BKK

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In this temple is the sculpture of one of the most famous and beloved thai monk called Somdej Pra Bhuddhachara Toh Prohmarangsri.  This monk was born in April 1788, during the reign of King Rama. At the age of 12 he was ordained novice and later he moved to Wat Rakang to study the doctrine of Buddha (Pra-Pariyuttidham).  After becoming a well-known monk, he became the preceptor for Prince Mongkut, later King Rama IV, when Mongkut became a monk.  In my previous post I remarked how important was King Rama IV so that Thailand comes into the modernity.
Wat Rakang is always crowded mainly during the weekend. As I have remarked before,  Rankang means bell, and according to the Thai tradition: ringing bells are a sign of widespread fame and a good reputation. 
The entrance fee is free, and close to this temple is the King River. Next to this temple lie both a simple and quite good snack bar and a theater.  Having a good coffee looking at this River is one of the most awesome experience.


























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