Thursday, 3 October 2013

Wat Sangkhathan Saturday 21.09.2013

Wat Sangkhathan Saturday 21.09.2013

Wat Sangkhathan (วัดสังฆทาน) is the only wat in the world with an ubosot made of glass, and it has another building with impressive wood carvings. It is best accessed by river boat, pier N28 Wat Kian (วัดเขียน about 10 minutes walk from the pier).

From my place, the best way to go to Wat Sangkhathan is by taxi. Arrive 13:50. There are many Thai, but no other Farang.

There is a building with intricate wood carvings that rival those of the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya:

Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี

Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี

Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings
 Work in progress:
Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings
 Unfortunately, there is some damage due to water and insects:
Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings

Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings
Ground floor with intricately carved wood columns:
Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings
The columns have carvings that represent religions or nations:
Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings
United States of America with Mount Rushmore, native American and 9-11:
Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings 9/11 Mount Rushmore
This one is for Germany, with a flag with a swastika, arms raised for the Hitler salute and Adolf Hitler in a car (the car has a Mercedes star, the person in it does not look like Adolf Hitler not is his hand raised for the salute, but from context it must be Adolf Hitler):
Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings Adolf Hitler
 I don't know who the standing man is, definitely not Adolf Hitler (hairdo, mustache):
Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings Adolf Hitler
 Osama Bin Laden is displayed as well:
Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings Osama Bin Laden
 George W. Bush is on the column for Iraq and Iran:
Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings George W. Bush
Most column have a tiny white label with their name in Thai, this one is for Greece:
Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี wood carvings
Very interesting place, try to recognize the events, places and people that are displayed on the columns!

The building contains the coffin of Luang Phor Sanon (หลวงพ่อสนอง) on the upper floor:

Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี Luan Pho Sanon coffin

The carved wooden columns alone make the place worth a visit, but there is more, the only glass Ubosot in the world (due to surroundings, I couldn't get away far enough to take a picture of the whole building):

Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี glass ubosot

Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี glass ubosot

from outside it looks like a crystal because the glass is reflecting and the surface is smooth, but from inside you can see the metal support structure and you can look outside:

Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี glass ubosot

There must be one more floor above the ceiling, if you compare heights outside and inside.

Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี glass ubosot

Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี glass ubosot

from a distance, you can only see the top:

Wat Sangkhathan Nonthaburi วัดสังฆทาน นนทบุรี glass ubosot

I leave the wat 15:30. Arrive at the pier N28 Wat Kian (วัดเขียน) 15:40. There are boys swimming in the river not far from the pier, but the boat is already coming, so I can’t go to the boys. From N28 to central pier Sathorn 15:49 to 16:50, 15 Baht.

How did I know about this place? It is mentioned in guidebooks for Thailand in Thai language.

Some websites with additional information:

https://sites.google.com/site/dhammawavenet/09
http://greenbkk.blogspot.com/2011/10/greenbkkcom-travel-wat-sanghathan.html

Following in the timeline:

Park at BTS Sathorn Saturday 21.09.2013 separate post

Babylon Sauna Saturday 21.09.2013 separate post

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