A visit to Bangkok, Thailand would not be complete unless you visited their amazing Buddhists temples. You could spend a lifetime as a historian or photographer going from province to province learning about the history and modern-day use of Buddhist temples. Thailand has a total of 40,717 Buddhist temples according to the Office of National Buddhism. “Bangkok’s temples are a unique part of the capital’s heart and soul. The architecture is awe-inspiring and the glittering decoration like no other. Imagine thousands of pieces of coloured glass and pottery adorned with intricate structures gilded in glaring gold – you’re indeed in a City of Angels!” -bangkok.com
Bangkok’s temples are the primary tourist attractions of the city. At times, there seems to be another temple around every corner, and that almost really is the case! A few of the most spectacular and interesting Buddhist temples included on almost every tour of the city are: Wat Phra Kaew,Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Traimit, Temple of the Golden Buddha, Wat Arun,Temple of Dawn, and Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha.
Since we were on a limited time frame we were able to ask the tour director if we could visit one of the temples. She made arrangements for the tour bus to travel past the Grand Palace and along embassy row with it wide streets, large shade trees, and scenic landscaping. The sidewalks were full of families dressed in elaborate robes and ceremonial dress as they proceeded to one of the many Buddhist celebrations that they have throughout the year.
The bus driver parked the tour bus just outside the Golden Buddha Temple, where we had an opportunity to explore the grounds, which included scenic walking bridges and a kaleidoscope of tropical flowers. Tourists from around the world were taking photographs of the Golden Buddha… while others were in silent prayer. It’s a very moving and sacred experience to see what mankind can do when they are on the right level of consciousness.
Temples in Buddhism represent the pure land or pure environment of a Buddha. Traditional Buddhist temples are designed to inspire inner and outer peace.
So there you have it! If you want to expand your knowledge and learn about the culture of a foreign nation… a good place to start would be to take a city tour… which would include: The Grand Palace and a tour of the magnificent Buddhist temples in and around Bangkok.
QUOTE: “Contentment that derives from knowing when to be content is eternal contentment.” – Lao Tzu
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Buddhism is considered by some to be more of a philosophy than a religion. Buddha never declared Himself to be God. Almost all the other religions essentially entail some form of theism. However, Buddhism, in itself, is considered to be non-theistic or atheistic. It does not emphasize the existence or non-existence of a God or Gods any point of time. In addition to that, Buddhism does not have doctrines in the same sense as other religions do.
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