Probably the most celebrated landmark of Thailand, the Grand Palace in Bangkok is a site that every visitor must see at least once in their lifetime. The construction of the Grand Palace began in 1782 during the reign of King Rama I, the founder of Chakri Dynasty, as a royal residence, and it has been the utmost architectural symbol of Thailand ever since. The Grand Palace served as a major royal residence until 1925 and it is now used for ceremonial purposes only.
The statuesque pagoda of Wat Arun, or The Temple of Dawn, on the bank of Chao Phraya has always been the most remembered scene of Bangkok’s skyline for ages. It is believed that Wat Arun was built during Ayutthaya era and is better known from its other name: Wat Chaeng, which means the Temple of Dawn.The temple was redecorated for the first time when King Taksin relocated the capital city from Ayutthaya to Thonburi in 1767, and built a palace near where the temple is.
This statue, the largest in the region, is part of Wat Phra Yai Temple which is a deeply spiritual complex full of small intricate statues of buddha and mythical creatures like dragons & seven-headed snakes!
Wat Chalong is the most famous and sacred temple in Phuket as it was the residence of a respected monk Luang Po Cham, who took part helping people during the Chinese Coolie Rebellion in 1876 during the reign of King Rama V. The statue of Luang Po Chaem is now enshrined at the main hall, together with statues of Luang Po Chuang and Luang Po Kluem, other revered monks who resided at the temple in later years. Locals and visitors usually visit the temple to vow their wishes from the statues, and will return to burn firecrackers when the wishes become true.
The temple’s Ubosot built from reinforced concrete following Fine Arts Departmentwith 15 meters wide and 32 meters long was constructed in 1979. The pavilion which was made of concrete and hard wood with 25 meters wide, 42 meters long was built in 1956. As for the guest residence, the building is 15 meters wide and 42 meters long constructed in the same year as the ubosot. There are 30 monk residences. The crematory was made from reinforced concrete.
Located on the top of KhaoKho Hong mountain, on Punnakan Rd., HadYai district, Songkhla province, it was built on the occasion of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the King BhumibolAdulyadej’s accession to the throne. The construction completed in 160 days on February 28, B.E. 2549. It was made from all stainless steel tubing and is lit up at night and visible from the road below the hill that passes it. Tourists can visit the well-decorated stainless steel inside the chedi. Each door in the chedi represents 8 days in a week (the Wednesday has 2 doors representing Wednesday morning and Wednesday night) and each day also has its own Buddha image in different attitutudes.