Founded at the center of Rattanakosin Island, Wat Suthat is one of Thailand’s six most important temples. It is also categorized as a First Class Royal Temple. King Rama I wanted to make it the central temple of Bangkok; construction started in 1807, and lasted until the reign of King Rama VII.
This temple has the longest ubosot in Thailand (72m). Temple murals were painted by artisans in the reign of King Rama III. The principal Buddha image is named Phra Puttatri Lokachet and is cast in alloy in the Subduing Mara position.
Phra Wihan Luang: copied from Wat Mongkolpobhit in Ayutthaya. The central pair of doors were designed by King Rama II, who started the carving. The murals are considered by many to be the most beautiful artwork of the Rattanakosin period.
Phra Wihan Kod: built in the reign of King Rama II, and surround the Phra Wiahn Luang on all four sides. There are 156 buddha images enshrined inside. The door frames are decorated iwht lacquered images of Sio Kang.
Phra Sri Sakyamuni: cast in bronze with the base of pure cloth, in front of Phra Puttabanlang, containing the remains of King Rama VII.
Satta Mahasathan or “the Seven Places” represent the places the Lord Buddha resided after enlightenment. King Rama III ordered them to be copied from Phrathat Chedi.
THINGS TO KNOW:
Address: 146 Bamrung Muang Road
Tel: 0 2224 9845
Fax: 0 2222-6935
To get there: Bus routes 12, 15, 42, 73, 96, 508
Open: 8.30-21.00 daily
Nearby Places/Attractions: Democracy Monument, Golden Mountain