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DATE : 2 . 7 . 2016
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Wat Ratchabophit
King Rama V ordered this to be the first temple built after he came to the throne. It was to commemorate the Queen and his concubines. It later became the temple of King Rama VII. Ubosot: Exterior of the main chapel is Thai, but the interior is European style. The patterns copy Royal decorations in mother-of-pearl. The door frames are "an important example of the Rattanakosin style." Phra Puttha Ankhiros: A Buddha image in the Meditation posture inside the ubosot. It is entirely gilded with gold on a chukchi base, where the ashes of King Rama VII are kept. Chedi: Built in the Thai style, with a notched base decorated with Bencharong ceramics. The top of the chedi holds relics of the Lord Buddha, and the enclosure around it contains Buddha images in several postures. Wihan: This prayer hall is in the same style as the ubosot. The window frames are patterned with Royal decorations lacquered with gold leaf. Royal Cemetery: Monuments containing the ashes of the Queen, concubines, sons and daughters of King Rama V and the Royal Family, are here in the form of Khmer stupas and chedis. Remarkably, there are no Sema, or boundary stones, around the ubosot. Instead, they are set on a circle of columns facing in eight directions.

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