Bhikkhuni Hall in Wat Thepthidaram, Bangkok

When I was in Bangkok recently I visited Wat Thepthidaram which was built by King Rama III for his daughter Princess Wilat.

It has a rather unique Bhikkhuni Hall, which has a podium with 52 Bhikkhuni statues on it in front of the main Buddha Statue.

Forty-nine of the statues are seated, while three are standing. They were built in bronze and the sitting ones are roughly 11 inches wide and 21 inches tall.

The whole Temple seems to have been dedicated to celebrating the feminine, and even some of the Buddha statues have feminine features.

Here are some of the photographs I took in the Hall. More photos from here and the rest of the Temple can be found on my Photo Dharma website.

For those who would like to visit the Temple here is a map showing its location in the center of Bangkok:

 

Bhikkhuni Hall
Bhikkhuni Hall

 

Maha Pajapati
Maha Pajapati

 

Bhikkhunis from Behind
Bhikkhunis from Behind

 

Row of Bhikkhunis
Row of Bhikkhunis

 

Standing Bhikkhuni Face
Standing Bhikkhuni Face

 

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One thought on “Bhikkhuni Hall in Wat Thepthidaram, Bangkok

  1. This is very nice….It seems to me that an infusion of wise and mindful Bhikkhunis would do much to assist the development and improvement of Buddhism in Thailand and Southeast ASIA…..Many Thais are not happy with the way Buddhsim is taught and practiced these days in Thailand…….

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