Wat Phra Kaew & Thailand Temples

The most visited temple in Bangkok kingdom of Thailand.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Gate No.2, Na Wua Gate, Wat Phra Kaew

The Gate No.2, Na Wua Gate, Wat Phra Kaew in on the eastern side of the temple, directly opposite the Hall of Temple, or chapel. A pair of bronze oxen, used in the Plowing Ceremony in the First Reign, stand near to the gate. Passing through the gate enables visitors to view the 6 spires, out of a total of 8, which stand outside the gallery.

Murals along both sides ofthe entrance depict Suriyaphob (a giant), Nilpanan (a monkey) and Ongkot (a monkey). In front of the gate, inside the temple, two 6-metre tall plaster giants beautifully decorated with glazed colored tiles, stand guard. They are Mangkornkan, on the left, and Virulhok, on the right.


A giant with a green body, was the son of Phya Khon, ruler of Pomkhal City and friend of Thosakan. He was Thoraphee, an ungrateful buffalo, that had been reincarnated as a giant and who was cursed by Phra Isuan to die by Phra Ram's arrow. Finally, Mangkornkan was indeed killed by Phra Ram's Phrommat arrow.

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