|Wat Chalo (วัดชลอ)
Name of a Buddhist temple in the
just north of Bangkok.
which in Thai is usually referred to as
is said to be over two hundred years old. The monastery was
established during the reign of King
who ruled in the late
Period (1733-1758 AD),
and is located in the
Chalo. Although abandoned for many years,
monks finally took up residence again in the temple, presumably
around the mid or late 19th century.
Since in that period, many lives were lost at sea and in the nearby
river, the local people of the area believed that a temple should be
constructed like a boat to bring back good fortune, perhaps inspired
by the Chinese belief that
symbols that bring good luck into the home and into the business.
Hence, the temple's
or bot was built on top of an enlarged concrete copy of the
known in Thai as
Reua Phra Thihnang Suphanahong
the original was
constructed during the reign of King
Rama VI, and
is itself a replica of
Suphanahong, a parallel but older
version that was built in the reign of King
Rama I and
from which it derives its name.
The part of
the temple shaped as the royal barge is obviously much larger than
and is reportedly
largest swan-boat chapel in the world. See also