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What Makes The Wat Pho Temple A Must Visit Site When You Are In Bangkok?

One of the most favorite international destinations of every Indian is definitely Bangkok. Situated right next to India, this lies to be one such prominent option that suits our pockets and fits our cravings at the same time. Thailand tourism is undoubtedly on the rise owing to maximum number Bangkok has become the most thriving travel destination since a decade now.

Bangkok became the number one spot as the 2013’s most popular tourist destination, beating London. Bangkok is also ranked as the second most photographed location on Instagram. Overall Bangkok has reached the apex being the most oft-visited destination for travel-lovers all over the world, not only because of the spicy Thai food, massage parlors or big shopping malls but also for the temples that bear the serene heritage of Buddhist culture in Thailand.

Thailand being an avid Buddhist country, temples play a very important role in the everyday life. Buddhism was supposedly introduced to Thailand approximately 2,200 years ago by Indian Emperor Ashoka the Great who sent a few monks to Thailand to spread Buddhism. Nowadays, majority of Thai population is Buddhist.

Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is the most attractive of the Buddhist temples in Thailand. Officially named as Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimonmangkhalaram , this temple is situated near the Rattanakosin area of Bangkok and was founded in 1782. Let us see what makes this temple a must visit place for every tourist in Bangkok.

  1. Oldest and Largest of all temples in Bangkok:

The Wat Pho temple complex is the largest in Bangkok containing more than 1,000 Buddha images. The Wat Pho was founded in 1782 by the order of King Rama I. The heritage and the grandeur of this temple attract a lot of tourists every year.

2. The 46 meters long gold plated Reclining Buddha :

The main attraction of this temple is the 46 meters long gold plated Reclining Buddha image named Phra Phuttha Saiyat built in the reign of King Rama II in 1832. The image is usually referred to as the ‘Lying Budhha’ or ‘Sleeping Buddha’ but it actually shows the passing of the Buddha into final Nirvana.

3.The soles of Buddha’s feet:

The soles of Buddha’s feet are inlaid with Mother of pearl in 108 segments, showing 108 lakshanas of Budhha in detail. They are about 3 meters high and almost 5 meters long.

4.Bodhi Tree:

The temple complex consists a small garden adjacent to the image of the Reclining Buddha that contains a Bodhi Tree that is descendant of the Bodhi Tree of Bodhgaya in India.

5.Birthplace of Thai Massage:

The Wat Pho temple is a center for knowledge and traditional art. It is also the birthplace of the famous Thai massage. The massage courses here are open to anyone.

6.The Ubosot housing the Principal Buddha image:

The Ubosot or the ordination hall houses the principal Buddha image of Wat pho that is named Phra Budhha Deva Patimakorn, displaying the magnificent Buddha in the meditation posture. The image is seated on a pedestal under which the ashes of King Rama I are buried. The Ubosot is also decorated with innumerable number of murals depicting Buddha’s life stories.

How To Reach?

Metered taxis are available to get there. You can also get there by Chao Phraya express river boat.

The temple complex is open from 8 am to 6:30 pm daily with a lunch break from 12 noon to 1 pm. Entry fee for per person is 100 Thai Bhat.

So next time you visit Bangkok, don’t forget to keep the Wat Pho temple in your checklist.

What Makes ShantiniketanA Must Visit Place for Every Bengali Soul?

Bengal is a land with an array of wonder attractions. In fact it is often said if one has not been to Bengal ever in his life, he is yet to discover the true essence of culture. Among the huge number of resources that contribute to Bengal’s rich culture, Shantiniketan definitely plays an indispensable role.

shantinikedtan3.jpgShantinikeatan is a place that wrings a Bengali’s heart with all its soul searching music of Bengali folk culture. Bengalis’ cultural pioneer Rabindranath Tagore had given it a name and place in the world tourist map as a representative of Bengali heritage culture.

Shantiniketan does not only offer to our soul beautiful cultural masterpieces but also a wide array of beautiful nature soothes our eyes too. The  honest and unpolluted beauty of rural Bengal enchants us.

shantiniketan2Shantiniketan is situated near Bolpur in Birbhum District of West Bengal. Rabindranath Tagore chose this place to make his dream university Viswa Bharati for the place offers us a great sense pf serenity. The greenery of rural Bengal that Shantiniketan amazes us with is one of the greatest attraction for which a good number of tourists crowd there every year.

shantiniketan4As Viswa Bharati welcomes a great number of foreign students, Shantiniketan becomes a great attraction for the foreign tourists also. As they get a small picture of unique Indian rather Bengali culture in Shantiniketan, they become quite more attracted to know the place. Shantiniketan plays a great role in prospering Bengal’s worldwide connections since the days of Tagore.

shantiniketan...Bengali always had a great pride  for the culture that they very carefully nourished since long time. Being a maker and representative of this culture Rabindranath Tagore and his creations had a great place in every Bengali’s heart. Shantiniketan is a place that echos Rabindranath and his ideas in every breath. Thus Shantiniketan remains to be almost a place of pilgrimage for every Bengali individual.

Not only Rabindranath’s songs and ideals, Shantiniketan has a great amount of rich craft possessions to offer. ‘Kantha-stitch’ and ‘ Batik Prints’ are two of these unique craft-tales that made Shantiniketan rather Bengal famous worldwide. This place also offers great leather works and handicrafts that usually have the cultural mark of Shantiniketan in every stitch .

Shantiniketan has nowadays become synonymous to the artist’s hub where many great artists from singers to painters to architects started their lives. Every road of  Shantiniketan lead us to a cultural environment that a Bengali always dreams for.

Shanitiniketan was always famous for the soul-searching festival that take place there. Poushmela and Basanta-Utsav are most famous of them. Nowadays weekly market of ‘Shonajhurir Hat’ where we can witness some finest Shantiniketan crafts, are making headlines.

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Every Bengali has Rabindranath Tagore in their hearts as well as Shantiniketan on their mind as a place for intellectual freedom. It gives the everyday-office-going, tired Bengali soul the nourishment that it yearns for. Shantiniketan has now become quite a popular place for weekend escapades for new as well as old members of bong generations.

It has been decades Shantiniketan keeps giving not only the Bengalis but the worldwide tourist population an unpolluted sense of relief. Thus Shantiniketan was always and will remain a must-visit destination for Bengalis for eternity as for them Shantiniketan has become synonymous to the soul-soothing effect of baul songs of rural Bengal that the place often amazes us with.