TH - Meditating in a Buddhist temple

Wat Pathum Wanaram

Thousands have come and gone from this same place passing through the arches where vendors line to sell offerings such as garlands, fruit and flowers.

Wat Pathum Wanaram

Was the ground made holy by millions of prayers and offerings over a century, or has it always been sacred? Was this building merely a landmark placed because this very spot felt energetically different? When and how does a temple become ethereal?

Wat Pathum Wanaram

I feel my mind is at peace before ever entering the space reserved for prayer and meditation. The ground itself feels holy. I make a quick check of my wrap to ensure my shoulders are covered before we enter, knowing that the exposure of too much skin is forbidden.

Wat Pathum Wanaram

My walk is softer and I notice that my mind is eased and at peace.

I step through the gateway and I feel an ocean of serenity swallowing me down into its depths. This place commands respect and quiet reflection. I meditate for several minutes, reflecting on what brought me to this place. In front of the displayed statue of Buddha are offering plates filled with flowers and fruits left as a token from visitors.

 Even as I leave I begin to notice the stone guardians surrounding me, they are at the gates and scattered across the grounds, reminding me that this sacredness must be kept safe and held as holy.

 It is time to go but I know I will return. This place has captured a piece of me and holds me here. I know I will need to come back to ever see that piece again.

Wat Pathum Wanaram is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. It was build in 1857 and sits across from Siam Square in the Siam District. There are shopping malls on either side of it but despite being in the middle of a bustling city it continues to feel calm within the walls of the temple.

You can buy offerings outside from vendors, usually flowers, to leave in the offering plates in front of the statues of Buddha. A thing to keep in mind is that taking photos of the Buddha or the inside of the temples is considered disrespectful.

Shoe removal is a must and you would not want to wear shorts/tank top so make sure to cover exposed areas accordingly and show respect.

Last but not least, remember to allow your mind to calm to fully appreciate the sacredness of this temple.


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