Ho Rakhang (The Belfry)

Ho Rakhang, Wat Phra Si Rattanasatsadaram or Wat Phra Kaeo, Bangkok

The Thai belfry has no special artistic appeal. The Thai who have such fine taste and are so fond of fine outlines of their buildings seem to have disregarded the beauty of these structures. There is no definite type for the Thai Ho Rakhang. The simplest is formed by four wooden poles on the top of which there is what looks a small temple. Others, built in brick, have a high platform with steps in one or four sides-over this platform there is four pillared pyramidal roofed small building into which the bell is suspended. The bell is struck by hand and so the belfry in general is not high. Only the Ho Rakhang of Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok is high and pyramidal in form ; the small structure at the top supporting the bell is reached by an inner staircase.


The Bowonwong Bell-Tower, Wat Benchamabophit Dusitwanaram, Bangkok

In general the Thai belfry is white washed but some, such as that of Wat Phra Kaeo, are decorated with porcelain all over their surfaces.


Ho Rakhang, Wat Phra Chetuphon or Wat Pho, Bangkok