Fo Guang Shan Temple Bangkok. A charming temple that is as attractive as its original in Taiwan. Many people may have driven by and might wonder how it is inside. Read on, for our review.
• Exquisite and charming, just like its original in Taiwan.
• Peaceful and clean
• Ample parking spaces.
• Coffee shop
• Free entry
• Not many big trees around to provide shade. Summers should be hot.
The Fo Guang Shan Temple Bangkok, or the Institute of Theravada-Mahayana Taihua Buddhism, is a branch with its origin in Taiwan.
The surrounding atmosphere is similar to being in a foreign country. Visiting it should at least be able to help in compensating for missing visiting Taiwan.
The temple enshrines 3 Buddha statues and a large Guan Yin Goddess. You can visit the temple to make merit or just take photos. The best time is recommended to be in the morning and should take up no more than 2 hours to get all the photos you need.
Finally, though attractive, don’t forget that it’s a temple and you should be dressed appropriately.
The Front Building
The front part of the temple consists of a white jade Buddha image housed in a small pavilion. The front gate is large, and the architecture of the reception hall is Taiwanese-themed.
The sky was very clear on the day of our visit, and the orange color of the building contrasted perfectly with the blue color of the sky, making our photos stand out attractively.
The reception hall was adorned with a colorful carving of Metteyya Buddha with 100 cheerful boys, welcoming Buddhists and tourists with cheerfulness.
The Chapel Hall
After passing through the reception hall, is a large courtyard and a Chinese-style chapel hall at the end of the passage.
Outside the hall is a bell tower with walls decorated with beautiful colorful tiles.
Inside enshrines three Buddha statues, i.e the Amitabha Buddha, Sri Sakyamuni Buddha, and Phra Phaisachaya Guru Buddha.
The Amitabha Buddha statue (on the left side)
The Lord Buddha with a radiant glow and a long-life expectancy and reigns in Sukhavati.
The Mahayana Sutra mentions that; whoever resolutely prays in His name will be taken to the land of Sukhavati (heaven) within 1-7 days of their death. He is popularly sculptured to hold a lotus flower in his hand.
The Sri Sakyamuni Buddha statue (center)
Sometimes known by his other name, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, which is the same persona as the Lord Buddha of the Theravada sect.
He is often sculptured in a Dharma preaching posture or holding an alms bowl or crystal ball posture, to represent wisdom.
Phra Phaisachaya Guru Buddha statue (on the right side)
is the Lord Buddha with the most outstanding characteristics, as he is shown to be holding a pagoda in his hand and is known to be the Lord Buddha who helps human beings recover from their illnesses.
Guan Yin Goddess
ทางขวาของวัด มีร้านกาแฟในอาคารทรงไทย และรูปปั้นเจ้าแม่กวนอิมสีทององค์ใหญ่สะดุดตา
To the right of the temple is a coffee shop housed in a Thai-style building, and a large, eye-catching golden Guan Yin statue.
Below the statue is a small temple surrounded by several gods.
Inside, it houses 4 Guan Yin posturing statues: granting a child, giving blessings, granting riches, and granting fortune. Visitors are welcome to make merit and seek blessings.
The Ancestral Hall
Located on the left side of the temple is an octagonal stupa that houses the ashes of the deceased and is not open to tourists.
Location, Opening Hours, Admission Fee
Fo Guang Shan Temple Bangkok
• 55 Khu Bon Rd, Bang Chan, Khlong Sam Wa, Bangkok 10510
• Daily 09.00 – 17.00 hrs.
• Mondays 10.00 – 16.00 hrs.
• Free of charge
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