Bangkok, Thailand

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Yaowarat

Temples & Shrines

Wat Mangkon Kamalawat (also known as Wat Leng Noei Yi)
Charoen Krung Rd (intersection of Charoen Krung Rd and Trok Issaranuphap, take the small passageway from Charoen Krung Rd). Opens: daily from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This should be on the list for every visitor to Yaowarat - you will be amazed by the impressive multi-tiered gateway when you enter the temple. It is a Mahayana Buddhist temple with a mixed of Chinese practices like Confucianism and Taoism. Built in 1871, the architecture is in the Southern Chinese style. There are plenty of statues and shrines inside the temple with four golden statues greeting you, each with a symbolic object including a parasol, a pagoda, a snake's head and a mandolin.

 
 
 
 
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Wat Chakrawat
Chakrawat Rd (south of Sampeng Lane between Chakrawat Rd and Maha Chak Rd).
The temple is rather small, though it does have some interesting features. To the right as you walk through the gate is a small viharn. Its outer wall is decorated in a remarkable black and gold pattern, which is unusual since these decorations are usually found on the interior walls. Most travellers like to visit this place for its serene atmosphere and home to crocodiles, birds, dogs, birds and relaxed monks. Crocodiles have been living in the small pond beside the temple building for about fifty years. At that time, a crocodile that was found in the Chao Phraya River was brought to this temple for the safety of Bangkok's citizens.

Crocodile in Wat Chakrawat by Globetrotter

Wat Kanikapon (also known as Wat Mae Lao Feng)
Intersection of Trok Issaranuphap and Phlap Phla Chai Rd.
A short walk from the much-visited Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is Wat Kanikapon. Built during the late 19th century, the temple was founded by a brothel owner. The dark green tiles decorate the window frames, which bear resemblance to the green curtains used in the brothels that once thrived in Yaowarat (in Thailand, green was used to designate brothels in a similar way as red was used to designate brothels in the West). Next to the ubosot in a smaller viharn housing a Western-looking Buddha image.

Wat Pathum Khongkha
Song Wat Rd (between Sampeng Lane and Soi Wanit 2). Opens: daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Previously known as Wat Sampeng, this ancient monastery was founded in the Ayutthaya period and renovated during the reign of King Rama I by a rich Thai, who gave the temple the current name. The main Buddhist image in the temple is in the subduing mara posture. The doors and windows are exquisitely decorated with lacquered ornamentation in gold leaf patterns. Behind the temple is the Execution Stone, where King Rama III ordered the execution of Krommaluang Rak Ronnaret for planning a rebellion against him. The canal in front of the temple is a holy site as the ash of cremated members of the royal family and royal elephants are scattered here. 

Leng Buai Ia Shrine
Trok Issaranuphap (south of Charoen Krung Rd and north of Yaowarat Rd).
This shrine is in a traditional Chinese-style building and considered to be the oldest Chinese shrine in Thailand. This claim is based on the plaque inside the building with a Chinese inscription stating that the shrine was built in 1658. This corresponds to the Ayutthaya period before Bangkok became the capital of the country. During the period, Chinese businessmen in the area came to the shrine for refuge and pray for the prosperity of their businesses. The roof is made of glazed coloured tiles with two ceramic-clad dragons on top. The two main columns beside the entrance feature a ceramic-clad dragon.

Leng Buai Ia Shrine by Globetrotter

 
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