Wat Paknam, Bangkok

Wat Paknam is located southeast of central Bangkok, on the other side of the Chao Phraya River

Wat Paknam Temple is located on Toed Thai Road, Phasi Charoen, Thonburi, and is accessible by road or boat from Tha Chang or Tha Saphan Phut Pier. 

  A splendid dome to be discovered!

Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen

Somdet Chuang completed the construction of the temple's huge stupa in 2012. 

Nicknamed "Maharatchamongkhon" it means "a blessed and great land". It refers to Thailand under the reign of the royal family, to which the stupa was dedicated. He also refers to Somdet Chuang's honorary name. 

The 80-metre-high stupa has a twelve-sided polygonal shape with five floors, including another glass stupa, a room filled with relics, images of Buddha and images of respected monks, including Luang Pu Sodh. 

The structure also includes a meditation room, a museum, a parking lot and an elevator. The design is based partly on the shape of Luang Pu Sodh's well-known amulets, and partly on Wat Lok Moli's stupa in Chiangmai, showing both Rattanakosin and Lanna style influences. 

At the top of the Maharatchamongkhon stupa, pali sentences were engraved in gold, praising mindfulness, moderation and respect for the five precepts. 

The rooms inside are decorated with paintings representing Buddhist cosmology, based on the legend of Phra Malai and the ancient text Traibhumikatha. 

The lives of Luang Pu Sodh and Somdet Chuang are also depicted.

The stupa was completed in 2012, at a total cost of 500 million baht. 

The top floor of the magnificent stupa has an incredible domed ceiling with neon-coloured images. From there, you can go out on the balcony for a panoramic view of the city

Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen

 Le Musee du Wat Paknam

Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen

The Museum - Wat Paknam asked people to donate used objects of educational value to the museum in the stupa. The result is an eclectic and interesting range, from classic cars to Thai art objects.

Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen
Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen
Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen
Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen
We find well placed, a large and magnificent portrait of the royal couple in their early years.... 
Young Chinese women... walking in the stupa, selfie in hand of course...

Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro (October 10, 1884 - February 3, 1959), also known as Phramongkolthepmuni (Thai: พระมงคลเทพมุนี), was Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen's abbot from 1916 until his death in 1959. 

As a former abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, he is often called Luang Pu Wat Paknam, which means "the Venerable Father of Wat Paknam". He became a well-known meditation master during the interwar period and the Second World War, and played an important role in the development of Thai Buddhism during this period. He is considered by the Dhammakaya movement to have rediscovered Vijja Dhammakaya, a method of meditation that is believed to have been used by the Buddha himself. 

Since the 2000s, some researchers have pointed out that Luang Pu Sodh has also played an important role in the introduction of Theravada Buddhism in the West, a point previously neglected

Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen
Prayer in front of the statue of Luang Pu Sodh

The big Buddha, very recent

This giant Buddha that I had seen under construction during my first visit is now finished... 
The work had started in March 2017. At 69 metres high, this huge bronze statue was built in honour of the royal family.
The main tours guide most people to the iconic temples of Bangkok and Ayutthaya, but Wat Paknam is definitely worth a visit. Wat Paknam is in an area where most travellers never go and is one of the best places to experience local Thai life.
The view above is the one that came to my eyes when I got off the BTS aerial metro at Krung Thon Buri station...

I really wanted to discover this giant Buddha that mixes with modern and old buildings... so, here are some pictures taken between some showers on the capital...
I absolutely wanted to have this photo in my collection... it is regularly posted on the net and so I had this idea in my head. I went so far as to take a longtail on the river (the klong) which passes behind the temple and I am not unhappy with my diversions... this one is thus well of me and is not a stolen photo...
As we advance, the giant Buddha shows its head over the surrounding roofs...

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