Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Wat Suwandararam : Ayutthaya

Wat Suwandararam was built in very late Ayutthaya Period by the Father of King Rama I of Ratanakosin. The temple was then named "Wat Thong". The temple has been well looking after by the Kings of Rattanakosin Period.

In the ordination hall at Wat Suwandararam there are mural paintings which were painted to order of many Kings. King Rama IV of Rattanakosin had ordered the painters to paint scenes from the Chronical. In this picture the scene of King Naresuvara declaring independent from the Burmese.

[ This masterful mural in ordination hall of Wat Suwandararam, Ayutthaya, shows the brave King Naresuan on elephant back defeating the Burmese Crown Prince (Phra Mahauparacha) in 1592 ]

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1 comment:

Andy said...

Very nice blog. Just two things I would love to get added: the name of the temples in Thai letters would be quite helpful, as there are so many different ways to spell it in English it's sometimes difficult which temple you're talking about exactly, or to google for more information. The other thing would be the exact location of the temple. Just sad this site does not allow things like GeoRSS, which would be the most natural way to add coordinates.