Wat Phra Kaew & Thailand Temples

The most visited temple in Bangkok kingdom of Thailand.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Giant, the Wat Phra Kaew temple, Bangkok

The giant stand beside the gate to protect the temple from all devil and ghost.

All Giants around Wat Phra Kaew was turn his face to The hall of Temple for protect The Emerald Buddha (Phra Kaew Morakot or Phra Bhuddha Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn). All giants around was 12, come from The Ramayana scene (same story on Mural wall painting).

Giant, Wat Phra Kaew, BangkokAll 12 Giants made from cement; decorated by mosaic and mirror. Hanging the bat, protect the gate. All was height about 6 Metres (suppose the giants was established on King Rama 2 period)

Srisassada Gate; Grand Palace entrance, Wat Phra Kaew

1. Tossa Girithorn Giant

; Soil Swan or dark pot color, end of nose was trunk. He was son of Ravana and Elephant.

2. Tossa Giriwan Giant

; the Tossa Kirithorn’s twin, end of nose was trunk too.

Front of the hall of temple, Wat Phra Kaew

3. Wirunhok Giant

; Kab color, irritable and be quick-tempered. Govern a country Unthakarn City.

4. Mangkornkan Giant

; King of Giant, green color. He was son of Phraya Korn and Ratchadasoon, king of Romekal City.

Back of the hall of temple, Wat Phra Kaew

5. Jakkawatr Giant

; white color, Govern a country Maliwan. He was Ravana Close friend.

6. Ussakan Mala Giant

; purple color. He was Ravana Close friend too.

The gate in front of Phra Thep Bhidorn house, Wat Phra Kaew

7. Suriyaphop Giant

; red color. Mangkornkan (no. 4)’s brother, he have a magic glass that burn all he point.

8. Inthrachit Giant

; green color. He was son of Ravana and Miss Montho. In the pass he was called Ronnapak, who get arrow from God Siva. Can transfigure to God Indra. After time he was named Inthrachit because he can get win the God Indra.

The north gate of Phra Srirattana Pagoda, Wat Phra Kaew

9. Wirun Jambang Giant

; ink color (white with black). He was son of Phaya Tooht from Jaruk, chonnaboht. Ravana’s nephew, riding the black horse with red mouth (nillphahu) that can disappear through horse and whom riding.

10. Maiyarap Giant

; King of Giant, light purple color. The third king of water land. Known the magic to charming forces.

The south gate of Phra Srirattana Pagoda, Wat Phra Kaew

11. Sahassa decha Giant

; King of Giant, white color. King of Pangtarn City, have 1,000 faces and 2,000 hands. His bat can point the top to alive and point the end to kill.

12. Ravana Giant

; King of Giant, green color. Have 10 faces and 20 hands, in the life before this time he was named Nonthuk who was killed by Rama.

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