"the Banyan Tree Temple"BanyanSacred Fig tree (Ficus religiosa)
Wat Bang Kung is an ancient temple from the Ayutthaya period
In the Ubosot or ordination hall one finds a large Buddha sculpture named by the locals as Luangpho Bot Noi. Old mural paintings are depicting preaching Buddha sitting in a niche surrounded by his disciples.
The Ubosot was built in the Ayudhaya period and has been closed-in by a big Banyan tree.
The wat is located in Tambon Bang Kung, District Bangkhonti in Samut Songkhram
During the late Ayutthaya period the Burmese army attacked Ayutthaya in 1765. King Akathat of Ayutthaya ordered the naval forces to raise a camp in the Bang Kung District. However the troops were not able to defend the camp and in 1767 the Burmese defeated Ayutthaya and the camp was deserted. In 1768 King Taksin
the Great ordered the Chinese to make a guard-unit for the camp and the camp was named the "Bang Kung Chinese Camp", the Chinese guards "Thahan Phakdi Asa" (voluntary loyal soldiers). In the same year the Burmese army, led by the King of Angwa, surrounded the camp. King Taksin the Great สมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสินมหาราช
and Phra Maha Montri สมเด็จพระบวรราชเจ้ามหาสุรสิงหนาท (Bunma)
defeated the Burmese. In 1774 King Taksin, heading to Bang Kaeo in the Rachaburi Province visited Wat Bang Kung. Afterwards has been left deserted for some 200 years until, in 1967, the Ministry of Education put-up a Boy Scout-camp in honor of King Taksin the Great.
At one side of the premises of the wat one finds statues of Krabi Krabong fighters
Bang Kung Camp
Within the camp compound, there is the Ubosoth (ordination hall) commonly called "Bot Luangpho Dam". The hall is wholly covered by four species of ficus plants: Pho (Bodhi), Sai, Krai, and Krang. Therefore, it is also called "Bot Prok Pho" (ordination hall covered by Bodhi trees). The monument of King Taksin the Great is in its vicinity.
Wat Bang Kung
Within the temple, there is an old ordination hall which houses a large sculptured Buddha image commonly called by villagers as Luangpho Bot Noi. Mural paintings from the late Ayutthaya period depict Lord Buddha whilst sitting in the niche and preaching, flanked by the disciples paying respect to him.
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Latitude and longitude 13°26'44.94" N 99°56'29.32" E
Category:Architecture and Structures
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