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Have you ever wonder…
What made a prince leave a life of luxury in the palace to be an ascetic?
Why would someone want to torture himself for six years?
What Dhamma did Prince Siddhartha discover that made him attain Buddhahood
What is enlightenment?

MANASIKARN has an answer

The Manasikarn Hall is Thailand’s newest tourist destination, located 90 minutes north of Bangkok in beautiful Kaeng Khoi, Saraburi province. It is the first and only spiritual attraction of its kind in the country.

The project is one of the projects under the Knowing Buddha Organization for the Protection of Buddhism (KBO), which aims at promoting Buddhism. It was initiated by KBO founder and Vipassana Master Acharavadee Wongsakon out of gratitude and a wish to answer frequently asked questions about Buddhism by sharing the Buddha’s life and his teachings in the setting of sophisticated multimedia exhibition.

Since its official opening in September, the Manasikarn Hall quickly rose to the top must-go tourist destinations of 2022, and was lauded as a unique tourist landmark that offers both physical and spiritual bliss. The exhibition has garnered a lot of praises even from monks and Buddhist scholars for its presentation style that makes them “understand the Buddha’s teachings within 15 minutes” and “feel very related.”

Bollywood Actor Gagan Malik, who played the title role in an award-winning film “Siddhartha Gautama”, also visited the exhibition which has left him “very impressed and touched”.

The Making of Manasikarn

To honor the Buddha’s sacrifices and contributions to the world, the design team adopted a unique, contemporary architectural mix from Indian, Victorian, and the ancient Sukhothai periods.

Standing elegantly with its unique architectural design, the Manasikarn Hall’s structure is 9.50 meters in width, 42.75 meters in length, and 25 meters in height. It took five years to complete. At the end of the portal is a Stupa Hall, which enshrines the Buddha statue, Buddha’s relics, and an embroidered Buddha Image, as well as to serve as a place to teach basic meditation.

The Hall is set up like a time portal which slowly leads visitors back to 2,500 years ago to witness this young prince named Siddhartha becoming Gautama Buddha

The Soul of Manasikarn: Journey to the Life of Buddha

Here is the beginning of our travel back to the Buddha’s time. Through sophisticated images, lighting, and audio system presented in a contemporary art style, visitors will be ushered into the Prince Siddhartha’s world, to find out why he decided to leave the royal comfort of palace life, his wife, and their newborn baby to live as an ascetic in the forest.

Visitors will learn about his struggles to seek true happiness (the beginning), his escape from a luxurious life in the palace (the journey), his cultivation (the search), his enlightenment (the great awakening), and the meaning behind his efforts.

There is an important scene worth taking note, “In Buddha’s Time – The Night that Turned to Be the New Dawn for Mankind”. It is the picture of Prince Siddhartha riding his horse Kanthaka from the palace to set off on the path of liberation. It was the fateful night that he decided to leave his royal lifestyle and title to find the Ultimate Truth.

The Heart of Manasikarn

The interior where the three sacred ‘hearts’ of Manasikarn is no less exquisite. The wall of Stupa Hall, where the hearts are, is lined with red silk, made of pure silk woven by Antico Setificio Fiorentino, a Florence-based company with more than 230 years of history.

Its previous commissions include the Kremlin Palace in Moscow and the Uffizi Gallery, which houses the famous Birth of Venus, and many other well-known places around the world. Inside the houses includes:

Phra Borommalokkanat Buddha Statue

Phra Borommalokkanat Buddha Statue – The 30-inch lap-length golden Buddha statue has a unique appearance, different from other Buddha statues as it is made with an intention to resemble a human’s face to make visitors feel closer to the prophet. A closer look at the platform, where the Buddha statue is enshrined, reveals that it is gilded with gold leaves by more than a hundred meditation practitioners.

Eighteen Buddha’s relics.

Buddha’s relics
An embroidered Buddha Image

An embroidered Buddha Image – The image took eight months to complete. Throughout the period, the embroiderer observed the Eight Precepts and recited ‘Nirvana’ every time she made a stitch which totaled 651,000 stitches.

Back to Present: Welcome to the Spiritual Life

Thailand is called the land of Buddha and is famous for its spectacular temples and Buddhist culture. Yet most tourists visiting the country leave without understanding what the temples and Buddha statues symbolize and why they make us feel so peaceful.

Adjacent to the Manasikarn hall is the Spiritual Life Exhibition. This exhibition helps visitors understand more about the proper treatment of Buddha images, and why his name and images should be treated with respect, not decorated or used in any marketing gimmicks.

Here is a great opportunity to find out more about “that sense of peace” they have when looking at a Buddha statue, a meditation session is also available, free of charge. Our experienced meditation teacher will guide you how to achieve the balance of mind everyday with easy-to-do technique and tips. Visitors will feel the inner peace within their minds and have thorough consideration in living a moral life—which is indeed the meaning of “Manasikarn”.

That inner peace is what Buddha had sacrificed his whole life of comfort for. On that fateful night under the Bodhi tree, he discovered the Vipassana meditation technique to attain that inner peace forever.

It is not surprising that, more than 2,600 years later, the prophet and his teachings are highly revered until today. The Spiritual Life is an answer to why Buddha deserves to be treated with serious respect.

Cherish the Treasure of the Past

Another very popular activity among the visitors is dressing up in traditional Thai costumes to have a glimpse into Thai ways of life and culture. There’s no need to bring your own costumes as we have a wide selection of costumes available for rent here.

Impressions from Visitors

“It was heartwarming and an eye-opening experience, since the messages were based on daily life contexts. Great job.”
“We really liked the clear explanations of the Presentation and being able to get to know Buddhism better and its traditions, as well as its origins. We are curious to know more about it… We’d also like to learn how to pay respect to Buddha, and this environment is really inviting.”
“I’m glad I visited the exhibition and proud that Thai people have such a beautiful place.”

Business Hours

Monday : Closed
Tuesday : 10.00 - 17.00
Wednesday : 10.00 - 17.00
Thursday : 10.00 - 17.00
Friday : 10.00 - 17.00
Saturday : 09.30 - 18.00
Sunday : 09.30 - 18.00
Public Holiday : 09.30 - 18.00
(Last submission 30 minutes before closure)

How to visit

For more information

095 760 088

Entrance Fee

– Thai citizen 20 Baht
– Foreigners 50 Baht
– Students, Monks, Senior citizen, people with health conditions or impairments - Free of charge

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