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Ubosot of Rama IX Golden Jubilee Temple
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Architectural Characteristics and Details

The Ubosot of Wat Phraram Kao is a contemporary Thai style building. Oriented towards the east, it has a rectangular plan with balustraded east and west porticos. Both porticos have steps leading up to them and are decoreted with columns. The main roof gable is raised above lower lateral roofs with eaves projecting over the front and rear poticos. Two smaller gables (Muk Pracherd) are also added on to the main roof on the east and west elevations. This was influenced by those of the Ubosot at Wat Phra Pathom Chedi as eariler mentioned. Reinforced concrete beams are used to support the metal frames of the roof structure which are then roofed over with whitr corrugated metal sheets. The gable-end fascia and pediments at both ends are decorated with Dok Pudtan Floral stucco ornaments and gilded royal insignia of the King. Adoring the pediments with the royal insignia was an idea proposed by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn as a tribute to the King, his power and his glory, as well as a blessing for the temple.

The walls and columns are of brick with plaster veneer painted in white. Windows and doors have aluminum frames and each panel is subbdivided into several panes of glass allowing light to enter. The ceiling is of plain wood and has four hanging chandeliers for illumination.

Reference : King Bhumidol Adulyadej and Thai Architecture.