An extravagant skyscraper temple with a dragon that ghosted to its creator during meditation
The Buddhist temple Wat Samphran (Wat Samphan) in Thailand, even for this country is very extravagant, because it is an 80-meter tower of bright pink color entwined with a scaly dragon. Despite the fact that this building is only fifty kilometers from Bangkok, this landmark is not very popular among tourists. And in vain. After all, here is incredibly beautiful, besides, you can even climb up into the very womb of the dragon building.
There is no exact information about who became the author of this pink building in the town of Nakhonpath, more like an art object of an amusement park than a temple. It is only known that such an unusual project came to a Buddhist creator at a time when he meditated and starved for seven days. As an official temple, this architectural masterpiece was registered in 1985.
It has become a habit for the local population and few tourists to call this building the Temple of the Giant Dragon, and to get to it from the capital, it is enough to take a taxi and tell the driver these three treasured words.
The epithet “giant” dragon was given because the building that wraps around this mythical animal is really very large. Its height is 80 meters (ostensibly due to the number of years the Buddha spent on Earth), and there are 17 floors in it. Well, if you approach the dragon’s body, it becomes clear that it is incredibly huge.
By the way, this building is only part of the temple complex, which also includes the adjacent beautiful garden with interesting statues. In the main building – pink – not all floors are used (about half of them are empty or simply closed to visitors, because they have rooms for the privacy of the monks). But those that are open can be visited.
Tourists are also allowed to climb the stairs (the elevator almost always does not work) and enter the dragon’s body, which is located on one of the floors. However, since the inside of the dragon is not illuminated, this “tunnel” is not very interesting. It is much more interesting to view the neighborhood from a great height or to admire the building itself from the side.
This place has its signs for tourists. For example, you can touch the dragon by the tail and make a wish, hit the gong or throw a coin in a special pot (it is believed that this brings good luck).
After visiting the Temple of the Giant Dragon you can feel the ordinary peace, which is promoted by the atmosphere of mystery that reigns in this place, and beautiful nature, and clean air.
Before you leave, you can stroll through the garden or have a snack in a floating restaurant located nearby (there are several such institutions nearby).
Despite the external brightness, in fact, the building in some places decayed. However, the authorities are in no hurry to repair it. Yes, and among tourists it is not particularly known. Perhaps this is due to the scandal that arose around this place 15 years ago and is associated with certain “sexual crimes”. However, I don’t want to go into the details of this story at all, because it is absolutely not connected with the architecture of this unique temple-skyscraper. One thing is clear: the building is unique, very beautiful and, of course, it must be preserved for posterity.
Well, if you come to this country in the fall, you can get to Loy Krathong – the most colorful autumn holiday in Thailand.