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Mural Paintings in Bangkok

On the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya river and along Khlong Bangkok Noi and Khlong Bangkok Om Noi, several temples have beautiful, interesting and certainly pictoresque mural paintings.

These are not really accessible for the visiting tourist. They certainly do not feature on any guided tourist tour. The temples housing these painting are often in a state of disrepair, and locked to the general public. One has to be able to speak Thai language, be patient and assertive at the same time, to get these treasures unlocked.

Unfortunately, it can be expected that most of what you see here, will disappear in the real world in the next 50 years or so. The stucco murals really are suffering a lot, and not sufficient effort and money is being spent on preserving them.

Most scenes depict Jataka Tales (the previous lives of the Buddha), and were painted during the reigns of Rama 3 and 4. We show mainly details of the various scenes, since the larger pictures do not easily fit on any computer screen.
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Wat Suwannaram, Door Painting
Doorpanel Decoration, Wat Suwannaram
Mural Painting Wat Bang Yi Khan, Bangkok
Wat Bang Yi Khan - Mural Temple Painting
  Wat Bang Yi Khan - Mural Painting : Battle Scene
Wat Bang Yi Khan - Mural Painting : Battle Scene
Battle on Horseback, Mural Painting, Bangkok
Wat Bang Yi Khan - Battle on Horseback
  Horserider at Battle, Mural Painting, Bangkok
Battle on Horseback - Mural Painting
Mural Painting of Royalty, Bangkok
Royalty making Gestures, Mural Painting, Bangkok
  Display of Royal Emblems, Mural Paintings, Bangkok
Display of Royal Emblems, Mural Paintings, Bangkok
Mural Painting, Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok
Pierced from all Sides, Mural Painting, Wat Suwannaram
  Royalty on Mural Painting, Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok
Royalty, Mural Painting, Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok
Eaten by Fish, Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok
Being eaten by Fish, Mural Painting, Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok
  Erotic Scene, Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok
Erotic Scene, Mural Painting, Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok
Erotic Scenes at Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok
Erotic Scenes at Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok
  Engaged couple, Wat Suwannaram
Busy Couple, Wall Painting, Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok
Giving Alms, Mural Painting, Bangkok
Giving Alms (or a Bribe?), Wat Suwannaram, Bangkok
  Battle Scene,Wat Pho Bang O
Battle Scene, Wat Pho Bang O

Buddha Image, Wat Chalerm Phra Kiat
   

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Content, including images, by Guido Vanhaleweyk, Bangkok.