Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok

History of Wat Arun

One of the most beautiful temples to explore in Bangkok. Wat Arun is close to my location. I am located in Silom and I have the metro right next to it. From there I can easily get to the historic city center of the city. The historic city center being a part little served by the BTS metro system. However, it is possible to take the metro and easily walk to many of the main attractions. Wat Arun is located on the other side of the river, so you just have to cross with shuttle boats that cross the river for a few cents.

Wat Arun was envisioned by King Taksin in 1768. It’s believed that after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, which was taken over by a Burmese army at the time, he arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking. He later had the temple renovated and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of the Dawn. It used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha before the capital and Palace was moved to the other side of the river. This can now be seen at the Grand Palace.

The central prang was extended during the reign of Rama III (between 1824 and 1851) and is now one of the most visited sites in Thailand. It was also Rama III who added the decoration of the spires with porcelain so that they glimmer in the sunshine.

After this history, it is in my opinion I think one of the best temples in Bangkok. There is also a very nice view from above. Maybe a little less known because it is located on the outer shore, it is without a doubt one of the best temple in bangkok. Entrance for 100 baths for foreigners.

Tainan Chihkan Tower

Pleasant to visit in Tainan, Chihkan Tower also called Fort Provintia. It is easy to navigate in Tainan and to fall on hystory places. This one of the place of interest to not miss in Tainan. Affordable price like all places t visit in Taiwan with just 50 $ NT, that is just around 1,50$. Located in the center of Tainan, easy to reach the place by foot, bike or again bus. The place is interested to visit.

In 1653, the 7th year of Emperor Yongli’s reign in the Ming dynasty, Dutch invaders built Fort Provintia in southern Taiwan, across an inland sea from Fort Zeelandia in Anping. The Dutch made Fort Zeelandia the center of their colonial power, and Fort Provintia a hub of administrative and commercial activities.

    Fort Provintia comprises three square-shaped bases joined to one another; upon each perches a Western-style structure. The walls are made of red bricks as the main material and a mixture of water, sugar, glutinous rice and oyster shells as the adhesive, for durability that has lasted more than 300 years, as exemplified by the remains of thick walls and arches.
A phenomenal structure with upturned eaves and red tiles, Chihkan Tower has proved to be versatile over more than three centuries: it was a Western castle when Taiwan was under Dutch rule, a Chinese-style pagoda in the Qing Dynasty, an army hospital for the Japanese colonists, and currently a museum testifying to the past glory.

   

Seoul Seonjeongneung

Seoul Royal Tomb is a small park located in the Gangnam district of Seoul. It is a park recounting the royal ceremonies of the past. This is often the weekend walk for citizens, used as a ballad park. It is also a place to visit for tourists. Nothing very impressive but a pleasant stroll of an hour in the quiet district of seoul. Do not miss it if you are in the Gangnam area.

In the past, memorial rites were performed in the sacrificial building. Small sculptures on the eaves called Japsang were carved in the shape of animals, such as monkeys, and were believed to exorcise evil spirits. Next to the sacrificial building, there is a pavilion and a tombstone for the tomb of the king. Sculptures of sheep and tigers surround the tomb and are guardians of the deceased king. There is also a statue of a military officer bearing a sword. In front of the tomb is an outstanding sight called ‘Mangjuseok,’ which is a pair of stones designed to guide the spirit of the king to his tomb. Unlike the tombs of the kings, the queen’s tomb, Wanghureung, is simple. It doesn’t have any pavilions or sacrificial buildings, and is surrounded only by stone sculptures as guardians.