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    Alms Giving by Boat at Kwan Riam Floating Market in Bangkok



    Over the years I have attended the morning alms round at least a dozen times in order to take pictures of the monks going out from their temple to collect food from local people. One time I even acted as a “temple boy” and carried the monk’s bag. But, it is not often that I have witnessed monks doing their alms round by boat. Certainly not in Bangkok.



    Kwan Riam Floating Market is one of the latest tourist attractions for Bangkok. It is on Ramkhamhaeng Road in Minburi. If you visit Wat Bamphen Tai at the weekend you will be able to witness this event. It’s a great way to start your visit to the floating market. Give alms to monks and then shop around the market for some breakfast.



    The alms giving starts at 7:30 a.m. with some chanting. While this is going on, people are lining both sides of Saen Saeb Canal, sitting politely with their hands together in a prayer like position. There are actually two temples here. Wat Bamphen Nuea is on the northern side and Wat Bamphen Tai is on the southern side. It doesn’t matter which side you sit.



    Once the chanting finishes, the monks get into two long boats and they are then rowed along the canal bank collecting alms from people as they go. Once they reach the far end they will switch to the other side. It usually takes about 45 minutes in total from the time that they start chanting until they have finished collecting alms. Really worth a visit to witness this unique ceremony by boat.



    I have posted a map over at Thailand Photo Map. More about Buddhism in Thailand at ThaiBuddhist.com

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    Re: Alms Giving by Boat at Kwan Riam Floating Market in Bangkok

    Will try to visit when in Bangkok next time :-)
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    Re: Alms Giving by Boat at Kwan Riam Floating Market in Bangkok

    The Name of the Floating Market "Kwan Riam" reminded me of a Movie called "Kwan & Riam" (a Thai Version of Romeo & Juliet) - so doing some Research proved me right, the Story of the Movie takes place at the by Richard mentioned "Saen Saeb Canal" in Bangkok.

    So I assume that the Floating Market is named after the 2 Main Characters from the Movie.

    For more Infos about the Movie have a look here:

    http://www.ethaicd.com/show.php?pid=63979

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plae_Kao
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    Alms Giving by Boat at Kwan Riam Floating Market in Bangkok

    Thanks, that's interesting to know


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