Wat Phutthaisawan

Wat Phutthaisawan

Wat Phutthaisawan was built along the river. It was originally a temporary residence when the Ayutthaya Palace was built. It was built in Rama Bodhi I and rebuilt in Rama V. The main buildings in the temple include towers, colonnades, Buddha Hall and Reclining Buddha Hall, the most important of which is the unique tower located in the middle of the temple, which resembles an ear of corn.

The mural in the temple, “The Devil’s Picture”, is based on the story of Buddhist founder Sakyamuni. According to legend, Sakyamuni was originally a prince of a country, but at the age of 29, he gave up his excellent life and spent six years of arduous practice on the banks of Nairanjana. When he finally enlightened under the Bodhi tree and when he was about to become enlightened, the Demon King led the majority of the demon army to disrupt his determination to become enlightened by using the force and the beautiful women temptation, but Shakyamuni repelled the Demon King with his “descending phase” by virtue of his extraordinary wisdom and firm determination.

“Devil’s Demon’s Picture” depicts the story of “Devil’s Enlightenment”, which can be seen in many temples in Thailand. And this one in Wat Phutthaisawan is old and well preserved, and it is strictly protected as a national cultural relic in Thailand. Thailand’s “traditional murals” represented by it are mostly painted by national or official master painters, drawn according to certain rules. The style is pure, the drawing specifications, and the hook line are very particular. The superb artistic level makes the murals of this period become the stylized painting templates of Thai Buddhism.

The style of traditional Thai murals contains all the traditional elements of Asian paintings. There are no shadow, no fixed perspective and disappearing perspectives. The outlines of the characters are smooth. In the selection of painting materials, the walls were washed with water that is infused with cinnamon and other leaves to remove salt, and then a layer of plaster was applied to the surface of the walls. Pigments are minerals and soil, such as malachite and cinnabar. The binder in the pigment comes from gum.

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