The first 2 days during the media tour in Thailand were spent sight-seeing various temples and the Grand Palace (I will blog about this in a separate post later). We didn’t have too much time to spend at each site because of the tour schedule, but I was time and time again in awe at the grandeur and the intricate details of each temple we visited. Since Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand, there are many temples around the country, each of them unique and splendid in their own ways. Here are the 5 temples I visited in Bangkok and the Ayutthaya region.

タイでの最初の2日間は、寺院巡りと王宮ツアー(こちらは別の記事で紹介します)をしました。各お寺での滞在時間はとても短かったのですが、日本のお寺と違って面積が広く、高くそびえ立つ建築物に圧倒されました。タイでは仏教が一番栄えてる宗教なので、お寺は数えきれないほどあり、どれもユニークで立派です。私が訪れた5つの寺院を紹介します。

Wat Chai Watthanaram

Wat Chai Watthanaram was the first temple my tour group visited in Thailand. The first thing I was told by my tour guide was that women must cover their shoulders before entering holy grounds. Despite the sweltering heat and glaring sun, I managed to get through the afternoon with the extra jacket I wasn’t planning to wear, but seeing the magnificent architecture up close was definitely worthwhile. This particular temple, which is also called the Monastery of the Victorious and Prosperous Temple, is a restored ruin situated off the city island in the western Area in the Ban Pom sub-district. This temple is a great example of symmetry, built on an east-west axis, oriented to the east towards the main river and the upcoming sun. It is known for its 8 spired roof halls or meru, used for the construction of the gallery which makes it a unique monument. For more information, check this article.

私のツアーグループが最初に訪れたのはワット・チャイワッタナラームでした。ツアーガイドさんに寺院に入る時は必ず肩を隠すように言われたので、35度という暑さの中、ジャケットを羽織りながらお寺を廻りました。ですが、素晴らしい建築を目の前で見れて大満足でした。こちらの寺院は復元された建物であり、島の中でも西の端、島からは外に入る位置にあります。ワット・チャイワッタナラームは対称な寺院として知られ、東西軸で建築されおり、メインのオプラヤ川と朝日寄りの東指向です。8つのプラーン(塔堂)がユニークな寺院で、基礎部分と砂岩の仏像があり、その周りにはいくつかの仏塔(チェディ)跡が残っています。詳しくはこちらの記事をご覧ください。

Wat Maha That

Wat Maha That, also known in English as the Monastery of the Great Relic, is located in the central part of Ayutthaya in the Tha Wasukri district and was most likely surround by moats and canals in ancient times. It was built in the 14th century but reduced to ruins by the Burmese in 1767. The structure has been registered as a national historic site and is part of the Ayutthaya World Heritage Historical Park. The main tourist attraction here was the Buddha’s head in tree roots, and is one of the most recognizable images in Thailand. No one knows for certain how the Buddha’s head ended up entwined in the tree roots, but there is one theory that a thief may have moved the Buddha head away from the main temple to hide it. Either way, it is an interesting sight to see. For more information on Wat Maha That, check out this article.

ワット・マハータートはアユタヤの中央にあり、昔は堀や運河に囲まれていた可能性が高いです。14世紀に建てられたのですが、1767年にビルマ人に破壊されてしまいました。この寺院は世界遺産アユタヤ遺跡のひとつであり、アユタヤ世界歴史公園の遺跡群内に位置されています。ワット・マハータートのメインアトラクションは木の根に絡まった仏頭。タイで最も有名なイメージです。なぜこの仏頭が木の根に絡まれているのかは未だに謎ですが、ある理論では泥棒がメインの寺院から盗み出し、木の根に隠したという説があります。どちらにせよ、寺院に訪れる方には是非見ていただきたいです。詳しくは、こちらをご覧ください。

Wat Phra Si Sanphet

Wat Phra Si Sanphet is also another temple located in the Ayutthaya World Heritage Park in Pratu-Chai sub-district. Apparently, this monastery was the most important temple of Ayutthaya and located within the Grand Palace grounds. When Ayutthaya fell in 1767, the Burmese burned and destroyed the monastery to the ground. All but the chedis (mound-like structures containing relics and also used by Buddhist monks for meditation) were completely destroyed. Buddha images were taken away and the gold was melted off of the larger ones. When I visited the site, the tour guide told us parts of the temple were under construction, but we still enjoyed viewing the remains of the beautiful temple. For more information about Wat Phra Si Sanphet, check out this article.

ワット・プラ・シーサンペットもアユタヤ世界歴史公園の中の世界遺産に登録されている寺院です。王宮内に建てられたもので、アユタヤでは一番重要なお寺だったそうです。アユタヤが1767年に落ちたとき、ビルマ人の手によって破壊されてしまいました。チェディのみ無事保存されましたが、仏像は盗まれたり、形の大きいものの金で覆われた部分がはがされたりしました。私がワット・プラ・シーサンペットを訪れた時は所々工事中でしたが、残っている美しいチェディを十分楽しむことができました。詳しくはこちらの記事をご覧ください。

Wat Arun

I think Wat Arun was by far my favorite temple in terms of the artwork. Since the previous temples were left in its brick state, I was immediately drawn to the whiteness of the temple from afar, and also the intricate and detailed artwork all around the exterior. According to Watarun.net, this Temple of Dawn is architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. Thousands of miles in height, Meru is located somewhere beyond the physical plane of reality, in a realm of perfection and transcendence. The four-corner prang of Wat Arun, which houses images of the guardian gods of the four directions, reinforces this mystical symbolism. This temple is located almost directly opposite of the Grand Palace, so I would recommend visiting both in one day.

私にとって一番印象に残った寺院はワット・アルンでした。その前のお寺達はほとんどレンガの状態で残されていたので、ワット・アルンの遠くから見る白さと、近くで見るディテールワークにとても魅了されました。Watarun.netによると、この寺院は須弥山の建築表現であり、仏教の宇宙論の中心となっています。何千マイルもの高さの須弥山は、完全性と超越性が宿る現実の物理的な平面より遥か遠くの世界にそびえ立っていると信じられています。4つの角でできている尖塔は4つの方向の守護神のイメージで飾られていて、この神秘的な象徴主義を主張しています。ワット・アルンは王宮のほぼ向かい側に位置されているので、ペアで訪れるのがお勧めです。詳しくはこちらの記事をご覧ください。

Wat Pho

Wat Pho, or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is well known for the city’s largest reclining Buddha statue, which is almost too big for the building that protects it. Wat Pho is the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, and houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, most of them brought by other abandoned temples. The 46-meter-long reclining Buddha is gold plated and shows the passing of the Buddha into final Nirvana after death. Another interesting fact is that the soles of the Buddha’s feet are inlaid with mother of pearl in 108 segments, a beautiful sight to see. The surrounding areas within the temple are beautiful, with a small waterfall and pond and a grand memorial display for the late King.

ワット・ポーは「大きい寝てる大仏」で有名なバンコク三大寺院です。大寝釈迦仏を覆う建物はジャストサイズで写真は撮りにくかったのですが、やはり迫力はありました。ワット・ポーはバンコクで一番古い寺院であり、約1000以上の仏像が存在し、捨てられた寺院からも集められているものもあります。46メートルの大寝釈迦仏は金で覆われていて、仏像が最後の安息の地に渉る瞬間を描いているそうです。あと、仏像の足裏は真珠で飾られていて、仏教と深い関わりを持つバラモン教の宇宙観が108の絵で表されています。この建物の周りも写真映えが良く、亡き国王を讃える立派な肖像画とお花のディスプレーも飾られていました。詳しくはこちらの記事をご覧ください。

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These temples look amazing and I am currently planning a trip to Thailand so thanks for sharing! Who do you normally travel with? I also adore your outfit as they go perfectly with the setting 🙂

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For my trip to Thailand, I applied for a blogger media tour so I traveled with a group of Japanese bloggers. I always travel with different people haha 🙂

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I have to bookmark this because I have really been wanting to get over there and see some of these spots. The temples and parks just look incredible, so different. I think my partner has gone before, so I may have to make him go with me again.
xx Jenelle
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Are Wat Arun and Wat Pho restored and the others aren’t? Just wondering if they were all originally tiled and painted like that! So beautiful 🙂

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Wow, I learn something new everyday! I had no idea Buddhism was the main language in Thailand; it makes me even more curious to visit there one day! The buildings and temples there are so unique! Wat Arun also is my favorite from your pics 🙂

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They’re all so stunning, aren’t they? I find Wat Maha That the most magnificent though. That must be fun seeing all these. Nice!

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This trip is another one of your amazing travels. The settings are so beautiful and your outfit blends really well in these pictures.
I enjoy reading your adventures, XO Charissa

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WOW what a wonderful post. I was lucky enough to visit Thailand this past year. Did not see all the temples you were able to tour but saw so many and they are indescribable. Loved it so much that I want to go back. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Dear Samantha,
It is truly amazing that you were able to experience all of these magnificent temples and I’m so impressed by the way you captured each one, showcasing the uniqueness of each. It’s fascinating that Buddhism is the main religion in Thailand. I would really love to visit and learn more. Of course you looked as magnificent as the temples ! So stunning and gorgeous as always!!! Thank you so much for exposing me to so much amazing culture! I absolutely appreciate it !
Yours truly,
Jennifer

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I never visit Thailand! would love to go and experience all this beauty myself!! I truly love the architecture of the temples and also the ones that have the detailed flowers! wow so so beautiful! what incredible photos, thanks for sharing this amazing post! xx. gina

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You open my eyes to so many new sights! These temples are absolutely breathtaking! It looks like art! I also love your outfits as always!!

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I had no idea that Thailand was home to these beautiful temples. Buddhism seems like a beautiful religion. Your outfits are amazing as well.

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Visiting temples in Thailand is a dream I need to make come true one day soon and your post really inspired me to do so. I didn’t know there apparently has been a war between Burma and Thailand a couple of hundred years ago, but as always in history, the winner plunders and destroys. Despite that the temples seem to be in good shape and especially the Wat Arun was my favorite as well. When on earth will they invite me to Thailand? Haha.
Have a lovely time in Europe now babe!
xx Thomas

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All of these temples are so ethereal that being close to them must have been an eyewaterinw experience! Were there a lot of tourists around?

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Wow, these temples are each unique and different but all very majestic and grand!! The one with the golden Buddha must be very popular, I have once read that many Thai people would sacrifice money for their meals to donate to the temples and these temples are def the exemplary of that. I like the Arun the most as well, the white walls with paintings def stand out.

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Wow all of these temples look so otherworldly! I can imagine being there just takes your breath away. Your photos alone show how majestic these sights are. Definitely need to visit Thailand one day!

xo, Jo
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I have never been to Thailand before but wow these temples are something else! The level of detail, history, culture that surrounds each temple is so fascinating and I would love to see them in person. I think I like the Wat Arun temple the best too. The artwork on the temple is so intricate and beautiful. I can’t imagine how majestic they are in real life. Hopefully one day I can see them for myself. xoxo, Christine
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These are awesome recommendations Samantha! I would love to go Thailand and if I ever go I will follow your directions 😀
Btw, I can’t tell you how much I love photography in this post!

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Omg these pictures make me so jealous!! All of these temples look out of this world and I’m sure they’re even more amazing in person! I am dying to go to Thailand to visit and explore. Definitely going to bookmark this for when I do visit. Thanks for sharing!!

With love, Jenn
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There is so much history in each of the temples. The architecture is sooo stunning! I hope to visit some of these temples one day and the attractions like the Buddha’s head in the tree and the reclining Buddha. Thailand is on my bucket list for sure!

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i’ve been dying to visit thailand and even more so now after stumbling across your post darling! the temples look like they are so rich in history — i’d love to check them out in person and learn more 🙂 definitely need to go soon! xo, sharon

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I absolutely love Thailand. I was just there last January and visited most the temples you have photographed. Love love love’

Xxgracie

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Omg, I’m obsessed with Thailand now. These images and temple is amazing, oh the face in the tree, take me with you next time please.

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