A Took Took Trip: How to Celebrate Songkran Festival like Locals
Songkran is not only about splashing water. The significance of Songkran Festival, to local Thais, is to celebrate the traditional New Year, make merits, and cool down during the hot summer month. The best way to enjoy this festivity is to travel by Took Took which you can hop on and hop off throughout the day. The Took Took ride can
conveniently start from Hua Lamphong MRT station and head to 3 different temples followed by fun water fights in Yaowarat (Bangkok Chinatown) and a final stop at Thais’ favorite local restaurant. The 3 temples of this trip are Traimit Wittayaram temple, Tien fah Temple and Leng Noei Yi temple. Each temple has its own unique stories. Let’s see the meaning behind these 3 noteworthy temples!
Traimit Wittayaram temple
Holiness : Prosperity in trade and successful business
For Thai people, the belief in praying is deeply rooted in the Thai culture. If we wish to be successful at something, whether it be love, business, or education, it is important that we see it through spiritually as well. The most common way to do that is to make merit and pray at specific temples or shrines for specific yearnings. Wat Traimit or Traimit Temple (in short), is famous for prosperity in trade and successful business. The highlight of this temple is, according to the Guinness World Records, the world’s largest solid gold Buddha image, located on the 4th floor of the main chapel. Thai locals call this gold Buddha image, in the subduing Mara pose, “Laung Por Tongkam” or the “Gold Buddha”. On the 2nd and 3rd floor are the museum and multi-media theatre, where you can learn more about the history of Bangkok’s Chinese community called “Sampeng” and the world’s largest solid gold Buddha image.
And it’s time to hop on a Took Took to the second temple. You’ll probably get soaked along the way. Advice: bring your own water pistols!
Tien Fah Temple
Holiness : Good health
Making merit at Tien Fah temple, a.k.a. Tien Fah foundation, is firmly believed by Thai people that it will bring blessings of good health from Guan Yin (Chinese Goddess of Mercy). The Guan Yin statue at Tien Fah temple was carved from sandalwood approximately 900 years ago.
The statue was taken from China in 1958 to be enshrined at Tien Fa Temple, which is also the first charitable foundation in Thailand aimed at assisting poor patients. You can donate to help the less fortunate here. It’s a good way to start a new year with doing good deeds. After making merit at Tien Fah temple, now it’s time to head to the last temple!
Leng Noei Yi temple
Holiness : Luck, Fortune, Good Supporters
Leng Noei Yi temple or Mangkon Kalamawat Temple is popular among Thais who want to make a wish for good fortune. The highlight of Leng Noei Yi temple is the Caishen
(Chinese god of wealth) statute. There are two postures of Caishen, representing two types of fortune. The first one is a serious-looking man in ancient Chinese armor riding a large tiger, with a club on his left hand and Chinese yuan money on his right. Thais believe that, by worshipping this posture of Caishen, it will give them power to control their subordinates and to collect debts efficiently.
The other Caishen image, as a Chinese noble with a Chinese-written canvas, is believed to give blessings in prosperity in general.
Just a few steps from Leng Noei Yi temple’s door, you’ll be right in “Yaowarat” street, the world’s No.1 spot for street food destination according to CNN. Thaiguide will take you to taste some of the finest street food in Yaowarat before sending you off on a Took Took to your accommodation or to enjoy some more water fights!
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