August 21, 2017

1907, 2887, 3131 THAILAND (Bangkok) - Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram in Bangkok

 1907 Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram in Bangkok (1)

Posted on 19.09.2015, 29.11.2016, 21.08.2017
Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram, also known as the marble temple, is a Buddhist temple (wat) in the Dusit district of Bangkok. Construction of the temple began in 1899 at the request of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) after building his palace nearby. Actually, the temple's name literally means the Temple of the fifth King located nearby Dusit Palace. It was designed by Prince Naris, a half-brother of the king, and has display of carrarra marble pillars, a marble courtyard and two large singhas (lions) guarding the entrance to the ubosot (ordination hall).

 2887 Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram in Bangkok (2)

Inside the hall is a Sukhothai-style Buddha statue named Phra Buddhajinaraja, cast in 1920 after the original located in Wat Mahathat in Phitsanulok. The ashes of King Chulalongkorn are buried beneath the statue. In the gallery surrounding the ordination hall are 53 buddha statues (33 originals and 20 copies) representing every mudra (gesture) and style from Thai history. The structure is a unique example of modern Thai temple architecture, as is the interior design, which melds Thai features with European influences.

3131 Wat Benchamabophit Dusitvanaram in Bangkok (3)

Merit makers come to the monks of the temple for getting alms every morning. Between 6-7:30 in the morning, the monks line up on Nakhon Pathom with their bowls to receive donations of curry, rice, lotus buds, incense,toiletries and other essentials. The evening candlelight procession around the bot during the Buddhist festivals of Magha Puja (in February) and Visakha Puja (in May) are common for this temple.

About the stamps
On the postcard 1907

The first stamp was issued on April 1, 2014, with the occasion of the Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Her Majesty Queen Saovabha Phongsri of the Fifth Reign Commemorative Stamp. Her Majesty the Queen Regent Sri Bajrindra (1878-1910), the queen consort of King Rama V, was full of a remarkable wisdom and prudence, sovereignty and a lawyer like character. She was considered a leader of Thai women in the era to acknowledge a social development recognized by an international standard, and dedicated teacher to her relatives and offspring.

The second stamp was issued in 1993 to commemorate the Centenary of the Thai Red Cross Society, founded on 26 April 1893, and initially known as the Red Unnahlohm Society of Siam. It depicts the Portrait of Queen Sri Phatcharinthra, the queen dowager, who was the first royal patron of the Thai Red Cross Society.

The third stamp was issued in 1996, to mark the Centennial Anniversary of the Siriraj School of Nursing and Midwifery, founded on 12 January 1896 by Queen Saowapha and named after her son Prince Siriraj Kakuthaphan, who had died of dysentery in 1887. It depicts the portrait of Sri Phatcharinthra, who founded the first Thai nursing school. In the front is a female nurse on duty and in the background is the first school building of the Siriraj School of Nursing and Midwifery, which was referred to as Ahkahn Raja Phaetyalai, i.e. Royal Medical College Building.

A special postage stamp to mark 48 years of ASEAN, was issued jointly by all the member countries using a common design to reflect the "oneness" of the community. All the 10 member countries of ASEAN ( Association of Southeast Asian Nations); Brunei, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam produced the stamp with the country’s name and currency issued on 8 August 2015. The postmark design features the ASEAN emblem placed in the middle of the design, circled by three lines which refer to the "three pillars" of ASEAN Community namely ASEAN Political-Security Community, ASEAN Economic Community, and ASEAN Socio - Cultural Community.
• Brunei (0.60 BND)
• Cambodia (1,200 KHR)
• Philippines (13 PHP)
• Indonesia (7000 IDR)
• Laos (13000 LAK) - It's on the postcard 2732
• Malaysia (0.50 MYR) - It's on the postcard 3120
• Myanmar (500 MMK)
• Singapore (0.60 SGD) - It's on the postcard 2857
• Thailand (15 THB) - It's on the postcard 1907
• Vietnam (3000 VND) - It's on the postcard 3045

On the postcard  2887
The stamp is one of the two of the series New Year 2016 Postage Stamps (2nd Series) - Persian Violet, issued on November 16, 2015. The second set of commemorative stamp of 2016 New Year is consisted of 2 stamps with the face alue of 15 baht each. Muang Theparat, is the royal painting by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn when she proceeded to visit and open Thailand Philatelic Exhibition or THAIPEX 2015 on August 4, 2015 at Grand Postal Building, Bang Rak. Another is the painting of a Muang Theparat bouquet, a protoype drawn during that day.

On the postcard  3131
The first stamp is part of the series Thai Heritage Conservation Day, designed by Adisorn Pradit, and issued on April 2, 2010. All stamps have the same face value, 3 THB.
• Jalimagalasana Residence, Sanam Chandra Palace
• Phiman Chakri Hall, Phyathai Palace
• Phra Ram, Ratchaniwet Palace
• Main Building, Srapathum Palace - It's on the postcard 3131

The second stamp is part of the series Chiang Mai 700th Anniversary Celebration, issued on April 12, 1996. The ancient Chiang Mai Province was established in 1296 A.D. during the reign of King Mengrai the Great. Formerly called "Noppaburi Srinakhonping Chiang Mai", it has long been the center of Lanna Thai Kingdom. Today Chiang Mai is the greatest province in Thailand, and also is the second most important city of the country in terms of economy, politics, society and culture. Chiang Mai has maintained the uniqueness of the charming customs and traditions of the Lanna Thai area from past to present. Therefore, it is the tourism center of the North, widely famous and attractive among international and local tourists. Some of the ancient remains and antiques are reflections of the unique development of Chiang Mai (the center of the Lanna Kingdom), in terms of history, arts, culture, traditionals, beliefs etc.
• Chiang Man Temple Pagoda (2 THB) - It's on the postcard 3131
• Angel Sculptures around Chet Yot Temple Stupa (6 THB)
• Motif of Phan Tao Temple Edifice (8 THB)
• Sattaphan (9 THB)

The last stamp is part of a series issued on July 19, 1997, to mark the Asalhapuja Day. Asalha Puja (known as Asanha Bucha in Thailand) is a Theravada Buddhist festival which typically takes place in July, on the full moon of the sixth lunar month (the full moon of Cancer). It is celebrated in Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Laos, Myanmar and in countries with Theravada Buddhist populations. Asalha Puja, also known as Dhamma Day, is one of Theravada Buddhism's most important festivals, celebrating as it does the Buddha's first sermon in which he set out to his five former associates the doctrine that had come to him following his enlightenment. 
• 3 THB
• 4 THB
• 6 THB - It's on the postcard 3131
• 7 THB

Wat Benchamabophit - Wikipedia

Sender 1907, 2887, 3131: Pumipat
1907: Sent from Bangkok (Bangkok / Thailand), on 04.09.2015
2887: Sent from Bangkok (Bangkok / Thailand), on 21.11.2016
3131: Sent from Bangkok (Bangkok / Thailand), on 27.07.2017

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