A Sanctuary behind the Busier Side of Asia
With more than 90 percent of its residents practicing Buddhism, a holiday trip to Thailand would not be complete without visiting the country’s historically and culturally-rich temples. Like its neighbour Cambodia, Thailand is also home to its own version of the Angkor Wat. And since the country is located in the middle of the Indochina peninsula, it wouldn’t be a surprise that it hosts some of the most pristine beaches.
But, considering today’s busy work schedules and a pervading lifestyle of a businessman, it may be a good idea to take a break from the crowded beach scene and find your solace in the quieter temples instead. Luckily, with today’s DialAFlight services and one-click internet access, you’re much awaited trip is just a few steps away.
If you are fond of the waterscapes, then Wat Arun might just be the place for you. Located at the Thonburi side of the Chao Praya River, this mystical temple offers a refreshing sight, especially when you visit the place around the afternoon. Ironically, the temple dubbed as “Temple of Dawn” hosts a better view during sunset, when the sun is strategically placed behind it. Aside from a picturesque view of the setting sun, you might enjoy its architectural design since it is actually based on the center of the universe in Buddhist cosmology, Mount Meru.
Wat Phra That Lampang Luang
At first glance, you might mistake this temple as a fortress because of several walls surrounding it, but it is actually one prime example of Lanna architecture that existed in the late 1400’s. Situated at the top of a hill, this wooden temple serves as a refuge for those who seek a peaceful atmosphere.
Wat Ko Kaew Sutharam
For art lovers, one Buddhist temple to visit is the Wat Ko Kaew Sutharam, which is host to several interior paintings that dates back in the 18th century. These paintings vary in themes including those that depict European missions to Ayutthaya.