Bell tower (wat)

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Bell tower of Wat Rakhang, Bangkok

Bell tower (Thai: หอระฆัง; rtgsho rakhang) is one category of the Thai architectural structure in a wat for signaling the monks to do their praying ceremony.

Type of structure[edit]

  • Wood
  • Masonry
  • Reinforced Concrete
  • Composite


  • Square
  • Hexagonal
  • Octagonal
  • Circle

Roof styles[edit]

  • Gable with Thai classical ornament
  • Mondop
  • Tetrahedron
  • Pavilion Crown
  • Thai Crown
  • Chedi (bell-shaped)
  • Prang
  • Thai castle superstructure ornament
  • Western, Chinese or other architectural style
  • Combination

Buddhism’s meaning, symbol and philosophy[edit]

  • Wake up, attained the Truth and feeling of Peacefulness.

External links[edit]


  • Karl Döhring, Buddhist Temples of Thailand: An Architectonic Introduction, White Lotus Press, 2000. ISBN 974-7534-40-1