Exploring Thai Architecture

Every country has its trademark and character to distinguish its Architecture.

Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a Southeast Asian country that I considered as one of the remarkably amazing places in terms of Architecture. The first time I went to Thailand made me more hooked to gain more knowledge in Architecture. 

Thai Architecture character assimilated from Buddhist - Indian Architecture. Both exterior and interior details are very detailed, from very brightly color glazed tiles to its intricate designs. 

I will show you some places I have visited in Thailand.

Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Dusit Palace
Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall is a royal reception hall within Dusit Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. It was commissioned by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) in 1908. The building was completed in 1915, 5 years after Rama V's death in 1910. It is now employed from time to time for certain state occasions.
At Bang Pa-In Palace
At Bang Pa-In Palace
At Bang Pa-In Palace
At Bang Pa-In Palace
At Bang Pa-In Palace
At Bang Pa-In Palace
Bang Pa-In Palace is also known as the Summer Palace, is a palace complex formerly used by the Thai kings. It lies beside the Chao Phraya River in Bang Pa-in District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

Palaces in Thailand have very rich ornamentation as they use gold, even the Buddhas were made of gold. In Temples, you will also notice the intricate patterns of the walls and ceilings.

The Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho
The Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho
Wat Pho is first on the list of six temples in Thailand classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples. It is associated with King Rama I who rebuilt the temple complex on an earlier temple site. It became his main temple and is where some of his ashes are enshrined. The temple was later expanded and extensively renovated by Rama III. The temple complex houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand, including a 46 m long reclining Buddha. The temple is considered the earliest center for public education in Thailand, and the marble illustrations and inscriptions placed in the temple for public instructions has been recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Programme. It houses a school of Thai medicine and is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage which is still taught and practiced at the temple.

Wat Traimitr Witayaram Worawihan
The Golden Buddha, officially titled Phra Phuttha Maha Suwanna Patimakon commonly known in Thai as Phra Sukhothai Traimit, is a gold Maravijaya Attitude seated Buddharupa statue, with a weight of 5.5 tonnes (5,500 kilograms). It is located in the temple of Wat Traimit, Bangkok, Thailand. At one point in its history, the statue was covered with a layer of stucco and colored glass to conceal its true value, and it remained in this condition for almost 200 years, ending up as what was then a pagoda of minor significance. During relocation of the statue in 1955, the plaster was chipped off and the gold revealed.
Buddha Mountain
The image of Buddha sat cross-legged, with one hand resting on his knee and the other in his lap, is engraved into the northern face of Khao Chi Chan. The solitary limestone hill was once used to supply the local construction industry with materials. In 1996, to commemorate His Majesty the King of Thailand’s golden jubilee, the 109-meter-tall and 70-meter-wide image was carved into the rock and then marked out in gold on the recommendation of the then Supreme Patriarch, who felt it was otherwise a waste of a perfectly good (and particularly beautiful) mountain.

At Wat Maha That
At Wat Maha That
At Wat Maha That
In Thailand, you can also found the glorious ruins that were also played a big part in their Architecture history and one of those is Wat Maha That.

Wat Maha That is the royal temple and most sacred in Ayutthaya during the glorious time. Buddha relics were enshrined in the Mahathat Chedi (the principal pagoda). This monastery was once the residence of the Supreme Patriarch.

Exploring Thailand is more than an experience. I haven't visited yet the whole of Thailand, these were just a few of many of their historical places but they already welcomed me with such grand experience that helped me with my profession.

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