Thursday, 10 May 2018

Wat Yannawa

Wat Yannawa (Thai: วัดยานนาวา) is an old Buddhist temple dating back to the Ayutthaya period, located in the Sathon district of Bangkok on Charoen.

This is very different because in the grounds there is an enormous Chinese junk! No something I initially expected to find I would admit. This was built in the year of King Rama III and the idea was that Bangkok was growing rapidly because of the Chinese trade and the Chinese Junk was disappearing but it mean so much to the growth of Bangkok.

The temple was known as Wat Khok Khwai (the Temple of the Buffalo Stable - วัดคอกควาย) during the Ayutthaya era and previous to that it was known as Wat Khok Krabue (วัดคอกกระบือ) during Thonburi and early Bangkok era before the Chedi was constructed.

The boat is actually made out of concrete and there are two pagodas instead of masts and  the alter is in the wheel house above the stern.

You are able to walk under the junk and receive a blessing.

Then there is the traditional temple where you are able to receive a blessing. 

Then there is always the Ghost Tower in the background to visit...

An interesting place to visit and it is the in the heart of China Town so there are a great number of Chinese restaurants for you to choose from - definitely an interesting place to visit, more locals than tourists.

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