Places To Visit In Bangkok: Wat Suthat Thep Wararam
About Wat Suthat Thep Wararam
When most foreign visitors remember the Wat Suthat, they think of the Giant Swing that stretches over 25 meters into the air in front of the temple. In ancient times, men used to use this gigantic swing in an attempt to reach a bag containing money that was located near the top of the swing.
The Wat itself is more famous amongst Thais and Asians for housing one of the largest cast bronze images of Buddha in the entire country. The statue is a massive twenty five feet tall! This very esteemed temple is one of only six Royal Temples of the First Grade in Thailand. However, you will find that it is much quieter than the larger, more elaborate temples such as Wat Po. Many tourists find this area a sort of retreat from the chaos of the more popular destinations. In 2005, the temple was submitted to UNESCO for consideration as a future world heritage site.
Brief History Of Wat Suthat Thep Wararam
Construction on this temple began in 1807 under the reign of Rama I to commemorate the 27th anniversary of the founding of Bangkok. Rama II added to the temple. However, the structure was only completed in 1847 during the reign of Rama III.
Tips for visitors to Wat Suthat Thep Wararam
Entry is free and the rules of conduct are the same as for all of the other Wats or temples in Bangkok. Visitors must wear respectable clothing and cover their arms, shoulders and legs. If you are going to sit facing the Buddha statue, you must be able to cross your legs. Pointing the soles of your feet towards the statue is considered a great offence.
This Wat is not as easy to visit as many of the other Thai temples. However, it is possible to arrive by taxi. Buses 10, 12, 19, 35, and 42 all travel to Wat Suthat from central Bangkok. However, you should be aware that the only air conditioned bus is 42.