Friday, March 14, 2014

Bangkok Trip: Wat Na Phra Men and Wat Lokayasutharam in Ayutthaya


Finally, I made time to conclude my Bangkok Trip happened back in October last year. What an effort! It's been almost half a year away from now already. Time really does fly huh? I'm trying very hard to recall what we did within our four days in Bangkok. Pictures are scattered everywhere, in my iPhone, my sis and brother-in-law's cameras. So, here we go guys! A summary of our tours and activities after some serious digging.

Day 1:
- Arrived in Bangkok after spending 23 hours on the train from Butterworth.
- Checked-in Baiyoke Sky Hotel.
- Lunch at Koh-I-Noor Restaurant.
- Visited Chatuchak Weekend Market.
- Buffet dinner at the Bangkok Balcony Crystal Grill on the 82nd floor of Baiyoke Sky Hote.
- Visited Observation Deck on the 77th floor and The Bangkok's 360° Revolving Roof Deck on the 84th floor of Baiyoke Sky Hotel. 

Day 2:
- Buffet breakfast at Baiyoke Sky Hotel.
- Visited Palm Sugar Making and Orchid Farm.
- Lunch at Chao Phraya Floating Market.
- Shopped at Platinum Fashion Mall.
- Had hawkers for dinner on a street near the Pathum Wan Police Area.
- Shopped at the night market.

Day 3:
- Buffet breakfast at Baiyoke Sky Hotel.
- Visited Bang Pa-In Palace (Summer Palace).
- Visited Wat Maha That (Monastery of the Great Reli).
- Visited Wat Na Phra Mane and Wat Lokayasutharam.
- Buffet lunch on River Sun Cruise.
- Shopped at CentralWorld.
- Visited Than Toa Mahaprom (Erawan Shrine).
- Thai food for dinner in MBK Center.

Day 4:
- Buffet breakfast at Baiyoke Sky Hotel.
- Shopped at the Day Market.
- Lunch at the Don Mueang Internation Airport.
- Flight from Bangkok to Penang.

Next, you'll get to witness the last two temples we visited in Ayutthaya Province. One of them was Wat Na Phra Men aka the "Monastery in Front of the Funeral Pyre" which sometimes also referred as Wat Na Phra Meru, located off the city island in the northern area of Ayutthaya in Tha Wasukri sub-district.

Wat Na Phra Mane, Ayutthaya, Thailand
In front of the ubosot or ordination hall.

Wat Na Phra Mane, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Upon entering, we saw two sitting Buddhas covered in shiny gold flakes. Your generous donation is very much welcome here =)

Wat Na Phra Mane, Ayutthaya, Thailand
The 6 metres high crowned Buddha in the ubosot - Phra Buddha Nimitr Vichit Maramoli Sisanpeth Boromtrailokanat.

Wat Na Phra Mane, Ayutthaya, Thailand
An old couple receiving blessings from the Buddhist monk.

Wat Na Phra Mane, Ayutthaya, Thailand
More golden Buddhas in a variety of postures. Each has its name but I can't read Thai, sorry =p

Wat Na Phra Mane, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Consecration or gifts to the Buddha. We later went on to the small vihara next door, namely Viharn Noi or Viharn Khian (the Hall of Paintings).

Wat Na Phra Mane, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Detailed and refine carvings on the wooden pillars.

Wat Na Phra Mane, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Portrait of the sleeping Buddha.

Wat Na Phra Mane, Ayutthaya, Thailand
 “Phra Khantharat” aka “Phra Sri Ariamet Trai” created during the 4th to 6th century. Impressive.

Wat Lokayasutharam, Ayutthaya, Thailand
Wat Lokayasutharam (Temple of The Reclining Buddha), the final destination of our marathon temple tour that stifling hot afternoon.

Wat Lokayasutharam, Ayutthaya, Thailand
We made a quick stop to snap a few shots, then off we were heading to the River Sun Cruise back to Bangkok via the mighty Chao Phraya River. Woohoo!!!

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