Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wat Arun

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan (found in LEGO form in the new Legoland Malaysia) is one of the most recognized landmarks in Thailand. The name means Temple of the Dawn, so named because of the way that sunlight reflects off the porcelain surfaces. A Buddhist temple has stood in this spot since at least the mid-seventeenth century, but the current structure was established in the first half of the nineteenth century. The central prang, or tower, is meant to symbolize Mount Meru, which sits at the center of the universe in Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cosmology and is the home of Brahma and other gods.

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