Friday, 29 December 2017

Wat Patumwanaram

Wat Patumwanaram (วัดปทุมวนารามราชวรวิหาร) Wat Pathum for short is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand. It is located in the Pathum Wan District, between the two shopping malls Siam Paragon and CentralWorld, and across the street of Siam Square.

The temple was founded in 1857 by King Mongkut (Rama IV) as a place of worship near his Sa Pathum Palace. At the time of its founding the area was still only rice fields, only accessible via the Khlong Saen Saeb. The temple is a third class royal temple of the Thammayut Nikaya order. The full name of the temple is Wat Pathum Wanaram Ratcha Wora Viharn (วัดปทุมวนารามราชวรวิหาร).
The ashes of Thai Royal Family members in the line of Prince Mahidol Adulyadej are interred at the temple - text from Wikipedia.

This was a Wat which I was introduced to and I would not have thought that there was such a haven so close to the centre of Bangkok and expensive places to go shopping!

This is the entrance to the gardens
Wat Patumwanaram is set with a complex of gardens and trees and this makes it even more special.

I have read very little about this temple  and can find very little on the Internet. However Wat Patumwanaram is recognised as one of Bangkok's most over looked temples? It is also recognised as a place where hurt people during the red shirt riots in 2010.

The serenity of the grounds is what I first noticed - peaceful...

Then there was the opportunity to walk in to the Ratchasattha Hall - which was certainly impressive.

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