Buddhaisawan Chapel, National Museum, Bangkok

high-definition creative commons photographs from the Buddhaisawan Chapel, inside the National Museum, Bangkok, together with further information.

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Chapel and Phra Buddha Sihing

The Buddhaisawan Chapel was built in 1795 at the start of the Rattanakosin era, and today stands in the grounds of the National Museum, Bangkok. The building and grounds were originally part of the Front Palace of the uparāja, or deputy King of Siam. The central image is Phra Buddha Sihing, one of the most sacred Buddha images in the country.

01 Buddhaisawan Temple Facade

01 Buddhaisawan Chapel Facade

02 Tree and Cannons at Side of Temple

02 Tree and Cannons at Side of Chapel

03 Relaxing inside the Temple

03 Relaxing inside the Chapel

04 Making Offerings

04 Making Offerings

05 Phra Buddha Sihing

05 Phra Buddha Sihing

06 Phra Buddha Sihing

06 Phra Buddha Sihing

07 Phra Buddha Sihing, Profile

07 Phra Buddha Sihing, Profile

08 Phra Buddha Sihing, Side View

08 Phra Buddha Sihing, Side View

09 The Throne from Behind

09 The Throne from Behind

010 Phra Buddha Sihing, from behind

010 Phra Buddha Sihing, from behind

Ceiling, Walls and Doors

011 Decorated Walls and Roof

011 Decorated Walls and Roof

012 Rows of Devas

012 Rows of Devas

013 Yakkha and Devas

013 Yakkha and Devas

014 Door Guardians

014 Door Guardians

015 Door Guardians

015 Door Guardians

Life of the Buddha Murals

The paintings which depict the life of Buddha are divided into thirty two scenes between the doors and windows. The story starts to the right of the central door on the wall behind the altar with the marriage of the Bodhisattva's parents, Prince Suddhodana and Princess Māyā, and ends to the left of the same door with the scene of the funeral and the dividing up of the relics. The pictures rotate around the building clockwise, following the pradakṣina path round the central image. On the upper portions of the walls there are murals of devas; and the ceiling is highly decorated.

016 The Marraige of King Suddhodana and Queen Maya

016 The Marraige of King Suddhodana and Queen Māyā

017 Four Signs and Renunciation

017 Four Signs and Renunciation

018 Sujata, Sotthika and Sitting under the Tree

018 Sujātā, Sotthika and Sitting under the Tree

019 Battle with Mara and Calling the Earth to Witness

019 Battle with Māra and Calling the Earth to Witness

020 Seven Weeks and Tapussa and Bhallika

020 Seven Weeks and Tapussa and Bhallika

021 Yasa and his Companions, the 32 Kosalan Princes

021 Yasa and his Companions, the 32 Kosalan Princes

022 Rahulas Story

022 Rāhula's Story

023 The Ordination of Women

023 The Ordination of Women

024 Cinca, Nalagiri and Angulimala

024 Ciñca, Nālagiri and Angulimāla

025 Tavatimsa, Nandopananda and Mango Tree Miracle

025 Tāvatimsa, Nandopananda and Mango Tree Miracle

026 Descent to Sankissa and Opening of the Worlds

026 Descent to Sankissa and Opening of the Worlds

027 The Visit to Lanka

027 The Visit to Lanka

028 Teaching Devas

028 Teaching Devas

029 Buddha and Four Gods

029 Buddha and Four Gods

030 Buddha Reclining

030 Buddha Reclining

031 Moggallanas Passing and Devadatta is Swallowed by the Earth

031 Moggallāna's Passing and Devadatta is Swallowed by the Earth

032 Passing of Sariputta

032 Passing of Sāriputta

033 Mallas, and Dona Dividing the Relics

033 Mallas, and Doṇa Dividing the Relics

034 Back of Wardrobe

034 Back of Wardrobe

035 Ramayana

035 Rāmāyaṇa

036 Ramayana

036 Rāmāyaṇa

Statue and Pavillions

Around the Temple there are many buildings, and a number of pavillions which are of interest. At the front of the temple stands the statue of Phra Narai (Viṣṇu), which was cast by Alfonso Tornarelli, an Italian sculptor, at the behest of King Rāma V (Chulalonghorn).

037 Phra Narai

037 Phra Narai

038 Samranmukkhamat Pavillion Front

038 Samranmukkhamat Pavillion Front

039 Samranmukkhamat Pavillion Behind

039 Samranmukkhamat Pavillion Behind

040 Long Song Pavillion, Straight On

040 Long Song Pavillion, Straight On

041 Long Song Pavillion, Side View

041 Long Song Pavillion, Side View

 

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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