Bangkok, Thailand




Houses of Worship
Silom lacks the impressive overload of Buddhist temples that are common in Bangkok's other districts. There are some interesting Buddhist temples in Silom but they are no must-visit by any means. Due to the presence of the historic trade quarter, which was once occupied by European merchants, there are some European-style churches. Also, Bangkok's Hindu population have built the most important Hindu temple in Thailand and Muslims have constructed several mosques in Silom.

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Assumption Cathedral
23 Soi Oriental (Oriental Pier or BTS Saphan Taksin). Opening: daily.
The Assumption Cathedral was intially constructed in 1821 and is the main Roman Catholic church in Bangkok. Throughout the second part of the 19th century, the area surrounding the church played an important role for French Christian missionaries in Bangkok. The current church building dates back to the 1910s, when the building was completely reconstructed in a Romanesque style. It was heavily damaged by bombings in World War II but restored with extensive repairs. Its rectangular structure and red brick exterior makes the church building stand out from the dull white surroundings. Its interior is spacious with a high ornate ceiling. The only religious service in English is held Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Assumption Cathedral by Globetrotter

Christ Church
11 Convent Rd (BTS Sala Daeng). Opening: Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Religious services on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
The history of this church dates back to the 19th century, when the first Protestants missionaries arrived in Bangkok. At first British Anglicans came but in the late 19th century, most of the Protestant missionaries arrived from the United States. In 1861, King Rama IV gave permission for the construction of the Protestant Union Chapel around Charoen Krung Road. As the Protestant community grew, a larger church was required and in 1904, King Rama V gave permission for the construction of Christ Church on condition that Protestants of all nationalities or sects could use it as house of worship. It is a beautiful white church and the interior completely renovated in 2008.

Sri Mariamman Hindu Temple
2 Pan Rd (BTS Chong Nonsi). Opening: daily from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
One of the only two Hindu temples in Bangkok and constructed in the 1860s by Tamil (Indian) immigrants. The temple is very colourful and ornately detailed. It is a busy temple receiving a constant stream of worshipers lighting incense sticks and plenty of ceremonies. Besides Indians, there are also Thai visitors as Buddha images stand side by side Hindu deities inside the temple. As it is the most sacred place for the Hindu community in Bangkok, it is not allowed to take pictures inside the temple compound.

Wat Hua Lamphong
Rama IV Rd (MRT Sam Yan).
Wat Hua Lamphong is not that remarkable and rarely visited by foreigners. Nevertheless, a lively temple and gives a good insight into how the locals practice and experience their religion. The decorations used throughout the temple consist of elephants and tiered umbrellas, indicating it is a royal temple. In the ordination hall, the viharn is unusual, as it is raised on a one-storey high platform. There are plenty of shrines inside, one of them dedicated to King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and another to the Hindu god Ganesha.

Wat Maha Phruettharam
Maha Phruettharam Rd (Si Phraya Pier). Opening: daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
You are far off the beaten path when visiting this old monastery, but it's definitely a sight for those interested in Buddhism. The exact origin of this temple is unknown, but it is believed to have originated from the early Rattanakosin era or late Ayutthaya period. It had several names, but got its permanent name during the reign of King Rama IV, who extensively renovated it and raised its status to a third-grade royal temple. The temple takes up a vast amount of space and has an extensive courtyard. The murals inside the ordination hall show a set of Buddhist pilgrims. The large reclining Buddha is worth seeing. Thai people come over to place small bills of money next to it as they believe it brings good luck. Free.  edit

Wat Yan Nawa
1648 Charoen Krung Rd (BTS Saphan Taksin or Sathorn Pier). Opening: daily from 5:00 a.m. to 21:00 p.m.
This temple dates from the Ayutthaya Period, when it was initially known as Wat Kok Khwai. It was completely reconstructed by King Rama III in the early 19th century and renamed the temple Wat Yan Nawa (Boat Temple). The temple's main feature is its base, shaped like a Chinese junk with two pagodas functioning as its masts. In the early 19th century, Chinese people started moving into the area and the temple remains popular with the Chinese residents.

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