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Monday, October 21, 2013

Sri Mariamman Temple in Bangkok - The culture of acceptance and co-existence

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Wat Traimit (aka Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon)

The Golden Buddha, officially titled "Phra Phuttha Maha Suwan Patimakon", is the world's largest solid gold statue. It is located in the temple of Wat Traimit, Bangkok, Thailand. We didn't know initially that there is an entry fee of 20b per pax, but there was no one to check the tickets as we entered without tickets. It is a must visit temple. The buddha shrine and the main hall is a treat for the the eyes.

A visit to this temple will not require much time in your schedule and it is very close to "Hua Lamphong" MRT station from the EXIT 1.

Solid gold Buddha statue

Sri Mariamman Temple

It was built on 1879 by indian traders visiting Thailand. This temple has lots of Thai visitors than Indians or Hindus. There is a buddha statue inside the temple. Thais perform poojas as hindus doing poojas in india in indian temples. Thais worship in their own style by kneeling down in front of the shrine and holding incense sticks.

This temple is a perfect example that two different cultures merging to worship towards one god. We could see muslims visiting this temple. Names of the gods were written in Thai. For hindus, indians it may not be any different other than seeing Thai people worships in hindu temples.

This temple is at a walkable distance from Wat Traimit if you are comfortable using the google maps and it is very difficult to catch taxis near by the Mariamman temple.

Different ethnic groups come under one belief
A hindu temple predominantly visited by Thais

There is a an Indian restaurant called "Chennai Kitchen" just next to the Mariamman temple. Idly was really good and it was surprisingly cheaper than other restaurants. Coffee was watery and average. Good place to eat some quick food. The restaurant was kept clean.

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