Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, Bangkok

Wat Paknam is not easy to find. It is located southeast of central Bangkok, on the other side of the Chao Phraya River

Wat Paknam Temple is located on Toed Thai Road, Phasi Charoen, Thonburi, and is accessible by road or boat from Tha Chang or Tha Saphan Phut Pier. 

   A Splendi dome to discover

Somdet Chuang completed the construction of the temple's huge stupa in 2012. 

Nicknamed "Maharatchamongkhon" it means "a blessed and great land". It refers to Thailand under the reign of the royal family, to which the stupa was dedicated. He also refers to Somdet Chuang's honorary name. 

The 80-metre-high stupa has a twelve-sided polygonal shape with five floors, including another glass stupa, a room filled with relics, images of Buddha and images of respected monks, including Luang Pu Sodh. 

The structure also includes a meditation room, a museum, a parking lot and an elevator. The design is based partly on the shape of Luang Pu Sodh's well-known amulets, and partly on Wat Lok Moli's stupa in Chiangmai, showing both Rattanakosin and Lanna style influences. 

At the top of the Maharatchamongkhon stupa, pali sentences were engraved in gold, praising mindfulness, moderation and respect for the five precepts. 

The rooms inside are decorated with paintings representing Buddhist cosmology, based on the legend of Phra Malai and the ancient text Traibhumikatha. 

The lives of Luang Pu Sodh and Somdet Chuang are also depicted.

The stupa was completed in 2012, at a total cost of 500 million baht. 

The top floor of the magnificent stupa has an incredible domed ceiling with neon-coloured images. From there, you can go out on the balcony for a panoramic view of the city

The Museum - Wat Paknam asked people to donate used objects of educational value to the museum in the stupa. The result is an eclectic and interesting range, from classic cars to Thai art objects.

We find well placed, a large and magnificent portrait of the royal couple in their early years.... 

This dome, painted in a surprisingly detailed neon colour, is admired by travellers and locals alike.
It's worth spending some time enjoying this incredible work.

Young Chinese women... walking in the stupa, selfie in hand of course...

Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro (October 10, 1884 - February 3, 1959), also known as Phramongkolthepmuni (Thai: พระมงคลเทพมุนี), was Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen's abbot from 1916 until his death in 1959. 

As a former abbot of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen, he is often called Luang Pu Wat Paknam, which means "the Venerable Father of Wat Paknam". He became a well-known meditation master during the interwar period and the Second World War, and played an important role in the development of Thai Buddhism during this period. He is considered by the Dhammakaya movement to have rediscovered Vijja Dhammakaya, a method of meditation that is believed to have been used by the Buddha himself. 

Since the 2000s, some researchers have pointed out that Luang Pu Sodh has also played an important role in the introduction of Theravada Buddhism in the West, a point previously neglected

Prayer in front of the statue of Luang Pu Sodh

En mars 2017, Wat Paknam a commencé à construire une image de Bouddha en bronze en l'honneur de la famille royale.

L'image du Bouddha fera 69 mètres de haut et sera placée devant le stupa.

Avec 33 000 temples à travers le pays, aucune aventure thaïlandaise n'est complète sans un petit saut dans les temples.

Les principales visites guideront la plupart des gens vers les temples emblématiques de Bangkok et Ayutthaya, mais Wat Paknam vaut vraiment la peine d'être visité. Wat Paknam se trouve dans une région où la plupart des voyageurs ne vont jamais et est l'un des meilleurs endroits pour découvrir la vie locale thaïlandaise.

N'oubliez pas qu'il est conseillé de porter des vêtements non révélateurs lors de votre visite. Vous devrez enlever vos chaussures et vous comporter correctement.