Wat Phra Kaew & Thailand Temples

The most visited temple in Bangkok kingdom of Thailand.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Montheintham Buddha Image Hall, Wat Phra Kaew

Montheintham Buddha Image Hall, Wat Phra Kaew is located to the east, opposite the first of the 6 spires which lies outside the gallery walls. The hall lies beside the Phra Thep Bhidorn house and houses 2 beautiful pearl-inlaid Tripitaka bookcases. The bookcase contain several volumns of the Tripitaka. The building is also used for preaching sermons on Buddhist holy days and sundays, beginning at 8 am. and 11 am. respectively.

Montheintham Buddha Image Hall, Wat Phra KaewMontheintham Buddha Image Hall, Wat Phra Kaew is a rectangular building with a 4 level roof. The gable is decorated with a representation of Phra Brahma astride a phoenix and above, Phra Indra mounted on Erawan, the three-headed elephant. Below the gable are figures of 5 Thephanom or angles. The front of the building, between the columns is decorated with wood carvings. The columns have triple indented corners and the capitals are decorated with lotus flower design. The entrance door is on the western side, opposite of the Viharn Yod buddha Image Hall and is made of giltstucco and shaped like a Mondhop. The door panels are inlaid with mother of pearl. They were made by craftsmen in the reign of King Boromakot for Wat Borom Phutharam in Ayutthaya. A verandah runs around the entire building. The windows are set in alcoves, decorated with wood carvings at the top. The interior in decorated with wood carvings of Hanuman, the symbol of the Front Palace. The inside of the hall is decorated in a special Thai design, the decorations depict celestial beings and groups of angles, male and female.

Montheintham Buddha Image Hall, Wat Phra Kaew was constructed in the first Reign by Krom Phra Ratchawang Boworn Mahasurasinghanat. The style is that of the early Bangkok-late Ayutthaya period. The building was intended to house the Buddhist scriptures (Tripitaka) that were used to teach monks and novices.

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