Tag Archives: Bangkok

Bangkok

Thailand’s capital and gateway city is Bangkok which was founded in 1782 by King Rama I (Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke). The capital is located at the geographic centre of the country and on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, “River of Kings”, which rises in the hills of the North and flows through the ...

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Temple Fairs

The annual temple fair or Ngaan Wat is usually held by most temples nationwide especially in the countryside in order to raise funds for the repair or the construction of new buildings in the temple compound. During the fair national and religious flag poles are erected along the small road leading to the temple side b ...

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Life of a temple boy

Life for a temple boy in the countryside is very interesting. Early in the morning before daybreak, he must prepare the black-bowl or alms bowl and a food carrier for the monks. Then, when the monks are ready for alms-collecting in the village, he will have to carry food for the monks. Everyday he will follow the monks ...

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The Death Raliway Bridge

The world-famous railway bridge over the River Kwai is in Kanchanaburi Province about 130 kms west of Bangkok. The bridge is well-known all over the world because almost half a century ago about 16,000 Allied POWs died while building the “Death Railway” to Burma. The prisoners were forced by the Imperial Ja ...

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The Emerald Buddha

A city of Bangkok (or Ratanakosin) was established by King Rama I as his capital in 1782. Being determined to observe the tradition of constructing a Buddhist temple in the compound of the Royal Palace which has been practised since the Sukhothai Period, King Rama I (Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke) had the Temple of the E ...

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