Wat Phra Si Mahathat in Bang Khen, Bangkok
Buddhism,  Travel

Wat Phra Si Mahathat in Bang Khen, Bangkok

The first thing noticed about Wat Phra Si Mahathat when looking at a map is the man-made canals that look like two arms reaching out. Of course, this is only noticeable on the map or from the sky. The temple has a park setting which is very relaxing. My wife and I enjoyed strolling around and looking at everything. Sacred fig trees on each side of the site stand with Buddha underneath. An umbrella sits atop his head which represents enlightenment. Cannonball fruit trees stand here also, another important tree in Theravada Buddhism.

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Wat Phra Si Mahathat, Bang Khen, Bangkok
Wat Phra Si Mahathat in Bang Khen, Bangkok

 

White chedi at Wat Phra Si Mahathat
Large, white chedi

Numerous pigeons spent their time hanging around looking for food. Three vendors were here when we visited if you want to buy food for the birds. A photogenic rooster was roaming the grounds by the site’s spirit house. The spirit house itself was rather large and very gorgeous. A lazy cat was also chilling near the chedi on this day. Catfish were swimming near the water’s surface in the canals. On the north side, however, there were many dead fish which was a bit off-putting. There is also a stone wall with a fountain nearby in this corner of the site.

 

 

Rooster at the temple
Rooster at the temple

 

Pigeons along the trail
Pigeons along the trail

 

The tall chedi at Wat Phra Si Mahathat is white in color. You can make merit here to the seven days of the week with the coins available after a donation. Place a coin at each day’s Buddha statue with the biggest coin going to your day of the week. Learn more about Buddha Poses for 7 Days of the Week. The beautiful Buddha image Phra Buddha Chinnarat is located at this temple. It is known as the most sacred image of Buddha. It’s a great place to pray for good fortunes. If interested in prayer, check out How to Pray and Make an Offering at Thailand’s Temples.

Detailed Thai craftsmanship
Detailed Thai craftsmanship

 

large concrete spirit house
Hor Rakang bell for summoning monks

Overall, I found Wat Phra Si Mahathat to be a wonderful temple. Thumbs up. Relax here in the park setting. It is also a great place for photography. It is near Don Meuang International Airport so many planes fly overhead. This can be great for those who like to watch them take off into the sky. The concrete walking trial doesn’t go completely around the site, but you can steer off the trial to see more.  In conclusion,  Wat Phra Si Mahathat in Bang Khen, Bangkok is a nice place to relax, pray, and make merit.

Cannonball fruit tree with pink flowers, sacred to Buddhists
Cannonball fruit tree, a tree sacred to Buddhists

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