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Wat Suthat, Giant Swing, Wat Ratchabophit, City Hall, Bangkok

See also video impression at bottom of page.

Wat Suthat houses well known wall paintings (although rapidly deteriorating, with the best preserved ones high up the walls) and statues of Buddha surrounded by his disciples. There are some marvellous mother of pearl decorations on the doors.
Wat Suthat is one of the four royal wats of the first class in Bangkok, and is directly patronized by the ruling monarch. The two main temple buildings, the Viharn and the Ubosoth, are both quite impressive, with the Ubosoth the largest of its kind in Bangkok.
It is worthwhile to also explore two Hindru shrines in the vicinity, one just opposite the streets across the main entrance to Wat Suthat. You will also notice Hindu gods displayed on garbles of Wat Suthat.

Closeby is a large square, with the Giant Swing, on which quite a few young men lost their live, before its use was prohibited. City Hall, a rather drab building is on the opposite site.
Wat Ratchabophit is within close distance of the more visited Wat Pho. It has its own distinctive architectural style, small, with European influenced inside decorations.


Giant Swing, Bangkok
Giant Swing, Bangkok

Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing, Bangkok
Wat Suthat and the Giant Swing
  Wat Suthat, Bangkok
Gables of Wat Suthat, Bangkok
Buddha with the disciples : statues at Wat Suthat, Bangkok
Buddha amond disciples at Wat Suthat
  Wall painting, Wat Suthat, Bangkok
Wall painting, Wat Suthat
Window screen painting, Wat Suthat, Bangkok
Window Screen Painting, Wat Suthat
  Window painting, Wat Suthat, Bangkok
Window Screen Painting, detail
Screen painting, Wat Suthat, Bangkok
Screen painting, Wat Suthat
  Mother of Pearl, door, Wat Suthat
Mother of Pearl, on door, Wat Suthat
Mother of Pearl,  door,  Wat Suthat
Mother of Pearl, on door, Wat Suthat
  City Hall, Bangkok
Bangkok City Hall
Giant Swing, Bangkok
Giant Swing and Tuk Tuk, Bangkok
  Wat Ratchabophit, Bangkok
Wat Ratchabophit, Bangkok
Wat Ratchabophit, Bangkok
Detail, outer wall, Wat Ratchabophit
  Cannons in front of Ministry of Defense, Bangkok
Cannons in front of Ministry of Defense, Bangkok


 

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Content, including images, by Guido Vanhaleweyk, Bangkok.