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Wat Suthat is on Bamrung Muang Road in Bangkok and is famous for the excellent murals created in the reign of King Rama III. The Wihara (preaching hall) should be seen for its collection of gilded Buddha images. A huge door with intricate carving, which is the masterpiece of King Rama II, once belonged to this temple and is now kept in the National Museum. In front of the temple is the Giant Swing or Sao Ching Cha, where a Brahmanic ceremony had taken place until the early 20th century.

Wat Suthat was constructed in 1807 after the 27th anniversary of the founding of Bangkok by King Rama I. The main wihan is surrounded by a cirulambutory area of three levels.

The ordination Hall (or ubosot) is said to be one of the most beautiful in Thailand and very large in size. The 72 metre high structure is supported by 68 pillars. Phra Putatrilokachet is a Buddha image cast in bronze. It is 5.20 metres in width and 8.45 metres in height.

It was a solemn moment when I entered the preaching hall. I was amazed at the murals which covered all walls of the magnificient hall from floor to the ceiling. The Buddhist monks seated on the right were delivering a sermon. The giant bronze statue of Buddha dwarfed the people offering prayers and listening to the sermons.

I did not know whether it would be proper to take a photograph when the sermon was going on...but an attendant seated there, seeing me hesitate, said I could go ahead, but without using the flash.

The atmosphere was amazing & I hope this photograph does justice to that.

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