Your best guide to the man-made wonders of Thailand

Temple of Emerald Buddha

Temple of Emerald Buddha, photo by Argenberg/flickr

The season of holidays had begun. If you still don’t know where to spend your holiday, I recommend you Thailand. It is a very popular destination with particular culture, breathtaking landscapes, gorgeous attractions and splendid beaches. Thailand is the perfect place for the lovers of nature, wildlife, art, culture, gastronomy or beaches. There are plenty of attractions that must be visited while on a holiday in this country. In this article there will be presented some of the most spectacular man-made wonders of Thailand. From impressive Buddhist temples to beautiful and strange statues, from sanctuaries to huge historical parks, Thailand has it all!

 

The Temple of Emerald Buddha

 

Also known to as Wat Phra Kaew, this spectacular temple is situated within the Grand Palace compound in Bangkok. It is located on the outer site of the Royal Enclosure. It was built on the orders of King Rama I, along with the main Grand Palace. Wat Phra Kaew is very famous for the Emerald Buddha that can be found inside of it. The Emerald Buddha is the most revered symbol of Thai Buddhist people. There are several legends about the origin of the mysterious icon, but it is still unknown. The statue has three robes, one for each season. The robes are housed in the Grand Palace. Changing the robes of the Emerald Buddha at the beginning of each season is a royal privilege.

 

Temple of Emerald Buddha

Temple of Emerald Buddha, photo by Argenberg/flickr

 

Sala Kaew Ku

 

It is a fantastic park featuring giant concrete sculptures inspired by both Buddhism and Hinduism. Sala Kaew Ku is located near Nong Khai. The park looks like an open air museum of religious statues and it was created following Luangpu Bunluea Surirat’s plans. Sala Kaew Ku was built around 1978. There are some spectacular Buddha images, Christian religious icons, as well as Hindu gods. Some of the Sala Keoku sculptures tower up to 25m high. One of the most spectacular highlights of the park is the group of statues named the Wheel of Life which represents the cycle of birth and death.

 

Sala Kaew Ku

Sala Kaew Ku, photo by cecito/flickr

 

Phanom Rung

 

This is a great and majestic Khmer temple complex site over a thousand years old. The Phanom Rung complex is the largest and best restored Khmer monument in Thailand, but it’s not the easiest place to reach. It was built on the rim of an extinct volcano at 400 m above sea level, in Buriram province. It was built in sandstone between the 10th and the 13th centuries and was dedicated to the Hindu Shiva. It later became a Buddhist site. Between the 15th and 18th centuries several additions were made. The complex faces east, towards the Angkor capital.

 

Sanctuary of Truth

 

Located in Pattaya, the gigantic temple-like structure was entirely made of wood. The top point of it is about 105 meters high. It is decorated with wooden carve sculptures. It is considered that visitors will understand “Ancient Life, Human Responsibility, Basic Thought, Cycle of living, Life Relationship with Universe and Common Goal of Life toward Utopia With”. This is why it is called the Sanctuary of Truth.

 

Sanctuary of Truth

Sanctuary of Truth, photo by Pattaya Unlimited/flickr

 

Prasat Hin Phimai

 

Prasat Hin Phimai is the largest sandstone park and it can be found in the town of Phimai, in Nakhon Ratchasima province. It includes one of the most significant Khmer temples of Thailand. The historical park has been magnificently restored and the ruins had been almost perfectly renovated. Most of the buildings date from the late 11th  and 12th centuries. The site is now protected, named the Phimai historical park.

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