1 Like

Golden Mountain Top, Wat Saket, Bangkok
Bangkok

Golden Mountain, Wat Saket is a temple built during the Ayutthaya era and restored by King Rama I around 1800 and was used for cremation ceremonies. It hosts Buddha relics and is famous for its golden mount which is one of the most impressive features in the city. There are 318 stairs which lead to the dome of the temple, but it is well worth the climb as the views from the top are spectacular.

Copyright: Jedsada Puangsaichai
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 6000x3000
Uploadet: 09/12/2009
Opdateret: 12/06/2014
Visninger:

...


Tags: golden mountain; wat saket; bangkok; thailand
  • Lohkk 6 months ago
    สาธุครัน
  • comments powered by Disqus

    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Bangkok Viewed from Golden Mountain
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Golden Hall, Golden Mountain, Bangkok
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Golden Mountain, Wat Saket, Bangkok
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Golden Mountain of Wat Saket, Bangkok
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Row of Bells, Golden Mountain, Wat Saket, Bangkok
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Standing Buddha, Wat Saket, Bangkok
    Supasit Srisawathsak
    Golden Mout
    vasinbkk
    Thailand's Fathers Day
    vasinbkk
    Old Bangkok Innlg
    Dawid Gorny
    Giant Swing เสาชิงช้า, Sao Ching Cha in Bangkok
    Supasit Srisawathsak
    Democracy monument Thailand
    Supasit Srisawathsak
    Sao Ching Cha
    Udo Lenkewicz
    burn out
    Lefteris Eleftheriou
    scene from protest in Athens
    luis davilla
    gran jaguar temple in tikal maya ruins. guatemala
    luis davilla
    Tertin Kartano hotel in mikkeli. finland
    Visionaire threesixty
    fire painting
    Aleksandr Reznik
    Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
    jacky cheng
    2011-05-22-chengdu test
    yunzen liu
    Tianluokeng tulou cluster 2 Fujian
    Renzo Falconi
    Diaccia Botrona-bridge-
    luis davilla
    Anttolanhovi villas. saimaa lake. finland
    Adam Ciarcinski
    Szczecin Underground
    Malinnikov Ruslan
    Old power substation in Pusha Vodica (1935)
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai Historical Park
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Wat Sa Si, Sukhothai Historical Park, Infrared Panorama
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Wat Phrathat Doi Kham, Temple of the Golden Mountain, Chiang Mai, Thailand
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Thai House Museum in Kamphaeng Phet
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Quality Hotel & Resort Fagernes, Norway
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Wat Phra Borommathat Bantak,Tak Province, Thailand
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Under Giant Pho Tree, Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai Historical Park, Infrared Panorama
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Wat Kiri Wong, Nakhon Sawan
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Wat Ratchaburana, Ayutthaya Historical Park, Infrared Panorama
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Wat Arun Cross River Ferry, Bangkok
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Wat Phra Ram, Ayutthaya
    Jedsada Puangsaichai
    Marina Bay Sands viewed from the Helix Bridge, Singapore
    More About Bangkok

    History and OverviewBangkok is one of the twenty-six provinces that make up Central and Eastern Thailand. It's also the capital of the country and the largest urban area, sporting fifteen million people who live at a more relaxed pace than in any other giant metropolis.Its full ceremonial name (in a combination of Sanskrit and Pali languages) translates to:"The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukam."The history of Bangkok begins with the Chao Praya River, which was as important to Thailand as the Nile was to ancient Egypt. Bangkok sits in the heart of Thailand amidst a wide landscape of rice paddies, orchards and plantations. The river basin collects water from the Burmese mountains to the west, the mountains of southern China to its north, and a high plateau to the east.All of these combine to make for fertile land and abundant fishing which brought Thai settlers down from the north more than a thousand years ago. They gradually replaced the Khmer people and founded a kingdom that lasted 417 years, located at the city of Ayutthaya.The kingdom of Ayutthaya lasted from 1350 to 1767, during which time the country was called Siam. Prior to the Burmese burning of Ayutthaya, Siam consisted of a loose collection of city-states plagued by violence among warring factions.When Ayutthaya was destroyed by the Burmese in the eighteenth century, Bangkok took over duties as capital under the authority of General Phra Buddha Yodea Chulaloke. This General united the disharmony of Siam into a kingdom and as of 1782 he was crowned King Rama I of the Chakri Dynasty, which continues to this day.Rama I relocated the capital and center of government to a better strategic position on the eastern banks of the river, where modern Bangkok now sprawls. It is a place naturally fortified and surrounded by water on almost every side.Considering the short span of its history, Bangkok's growth has been incredible. Trade and treaties with foreign powers prevented colonization and Bangkok was building roads and ports already by 1860.Under King Rama V who saw the turn of the 20th Century, Bangkok boasted railroads, tramlines, the foundations for the modern Thai government and also religious freedom for Christianity and Islam in this Buddhist country. Racial tension was reduced by forcing the Chinese population to adopt Thai names.Bangkok experienced a period of tumultuous times in the 20th century with several military coups and abdications of the throne. Absolute monarchy came to an end with the introduction of a constitutional government in 1935.Getting ThereThe new International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is officially open. All domestic and international flights now arrive to and depart from the new airport 30km east from the city center. The airport is connected by a system of highways, high-speed rail link, shuttle buses and the ubiquitous taxi services. Express commuter trains will get you there in about 15 minutes.Bangkok Train Station connects with the Singapore line which runs along peninsular Malaysia.TransportationTuk Tuk is the way to go. These are motorized three wheelers roaming on the loose everywhere. No meter, no rules so you have to negotiate the fare up front. Good local advice or ripoff shopping scams come free with the ride, caveat emptor.Sky train loops around the perimeter of the city for an efficient and convenient way to get around, with awesome views to boot.Taxis are cheap but Bangkok's traffic problems are legendary, as in, gridlock plus sweltering heat... be ready. Taxis are best at night when the skytrain and subway aren't running, and there's apt to be less traffic on the roads.The Subway is called MRT; it reaches places the skytrain goeth not. Prices are between 15 and 40 baht.Motorcycle taxi! Listen, the driver is required to give you a helmet if you take one of these. Smarten up, your head weighs the same as a bowling ball and your neck muscles aren't nearly strong enough to hold it up during any unexpected, ahem, maneuvers.Bicycling can be a great way to get around Bangkok if you come prepared. Drivers seldom respect other road users, much less bikers. You are allowed to stash your bike on the roof of buses if you need to. When you stop for lunch, lock it or lose it!People and CultureThe local currency is the baht. Exchage rates are about 40 baht to the dollar at the time of this writing. The baht is divided into 100 satang.Be advised that Thai people have a deep, traditional respect for the Royal Family including the King, Queen and Royal Children. Dress neatly when visiting temples and religious shrines.Interesting religious symbolism pervades social customs. Rather than shaking hands, which is a Roman gesture indicating that aren't going to stab the other person with your sword hand, Thai people greet each other by pressing their palms together in a prayer-like gesture. Isn't that cool?Additionally, the head is regarded as the holiest part of the body. Therefore you should avoid touching people on the head, and try not to point your feet at people, it is considered very rude. Take off your shoes when you enter someone's home.Things to do, RecommendationsFirst of all you need to visit the largest temple in Bangkok, the Wat Pho Temple of Reclining Buddha. His feet alone are three meters long and the whole thing is covered in gold leaf.You can also get a traditional Thai massage at the temple, for about 200 baht per hour. Stimulating and invigorating!Text by Steve Smith.