(built by Rama I)
high-definition creative commons photographs from Bangkok, showing the architecture, statues and murals in this Royal Temple, together with further relevant information.
Wat Rakhang, the Temple of the Bells, was built by Rama 1 towards the end of the 18th century. During the construction a bell was found here, and the next King Rama II moved that bell to Wat Phra Kaew, which is more or less opposite Wat Rakhang on the other side of the river, and gave 5 new bells to the Temple. All around the theme of bells is prominent in this Temple.
The main Buddha statue in the Ubosot was given the name the Smiling Buddha by Rama V (Mahachulalongkorn), and the hall has many interesting murals on it drawn from the Jatakas. Some more famous murals in the scripture house we were unable to again access to.
To one side is a storeroom which is in a rather dilapadated and dirty condition. Inside was a treasure of half-abandoned Buddha and Disciple statues, which photographed rather well. At the entrance a trinket stall has been set up and only by accident did we manage to gain entry.
Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu
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