Friday, November 9, 2018

The uniques history of Loha Prasat


Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 -  and today the article we link to is about the unique history of Loha Prasat – the ‘Iron Temple’ OR the ‘Monastery of the Royal Niece’. Original words by Joe Cummings and CPS Media.



Wat Ratchanatdaram is a large area not always visited as much as the Golden Mountain Temple just over the river. Expect to make a visit and see no tourists.



The Loha Prasat - is known for its tier of 37 golden towers (they were originally black) and the number 37 represents the 37 factors of enlightenment cultivated by the bodhisattavas (Buddhist saints or Buddhists-to-be).



Make an entrance during the day and marvel at the beauty of this special building with seemingly endless corridors and spiral staircases. Reach the top and admire the view that you have – we are told that night time viewing was amazing but unfortunately they no longer open in the evening. 



The grounds behind the Loha Prasat but in the grounds of Wat Ratchanatdaram have vendors selling an interesting collection of occult objects – worth a visit if that interests you.

If you visit #Bangkok stay with us at Cape House Hotel or Kantary House - and here’s a map - http://bit.ly/2qiOvYm.


      

Saturday, November 3, 2018

'Roaming Amongst the Ruins' - Ayutthaya



Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 -  and today we choose to share with you - an article within a bigger one about Ayutthaya - 'Roaming Amongst the Ruins'. Original text by Bruce Scott.



Ayutthaya was the second capital of Thailand (when it was called Siam). But in 1767 the Burmese invaded and Ayutthaya was almost decimated and the royal line relocated to Bangkok. The Thai Fine Art Department began to restore Ayutthaya in 1969 and then UNESCO declared Ayutthaya a World Heritage Site.



For tourists to see them all in one day transport will be needed and for the famous sites there is a small entrance fee – most sites are open from 8am to 5pm. Here is a selection from the list that they make for you;

This was the most respected and holiest temple in Ayutthaya. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/yW4seYcy1nG2

This was one of the most important Wats here but most of the large Chedi have collapsed. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/BAjL2St4t772

The SacredBuddha Head (within Wat Phra Mahathat).
This is probably one of the most photographed ancient relics in Ayutthaya, getting there early helps you get a good photo.  

This was a Wat which was built by King Borom Ratchathirat II at the place where his brothers battled for the ascension to the throne and they killed each other. Here’s a video.  .

Wat Chaiwatthanaram
This is an impressive temple in the Khmer-style and used as a Royal Temple by King Prasat Thong and other members.  A place of great historical significance and certainly worth a visit, this is the location:https://goo.gl/maps/YjrmVP7BagB2, just across the river form the main square.



If you want to read the rest of the article this is the link - https://www.bangkok101.com/roaming-amongst-the-ruins/ - and if you do visit Ayutthaya, why not consider staying at Kantary Hotel? 



      

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Street Food in Bangkok



 Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 and today we are looking at a recent edition and about how popular the street-food vendors are.


“Try heaving a hot egg barbecue brazier all day on a bamboo shoulder yoke, or shoving a gas-fired cauldron of soup stock across an eight-lane road.”.



The skill that these street vendors show us every day makes them special! There are special spots all over Bangkok which are worth investigating but they may be in the strangest spots – under bridges, down the side of a building, on the outside corner of a Buddhist Wat and many more. The coffee man near our office building does a roaring trade as the people come off the river-taxi in the morning and is next to his friend who serves freshly cut fruit and another who serves a collection of fresh vegetables and tasty sauces.



Bangkok street food is something that is commonly written about by visitors and daily eaten by the local people. Here is also an App you candownload and use to find information on some popular places to visit - and a map of how to get there.



The street-food is generally quite safe and very tasty. Great photo ops too. But remember this is how these people earn their living. A tip for a photo is very considerate.



Here is  another article by Bangkok 101 about street vendors that they recommend - https://www.bangkok101.com/street-food-odyssey/