Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, best known as Wat Bowon, is a first class Royal Buddhist monastery, located on the northeast side of Bangkok’s Ratanakosin Island, just inside the old city wall bordering Banglumpoo canal, on Pra Sumeru road. Temple was built by Prince Mahasakdipolsep, viceroy of the third kingdom of the Chakri Dynasty, that ordered its construction togheter at Wat Rangsisuthawas, between 1824 and 1832. Initially the temple was named Wat Mai, was Rama III that gave to it the present name when he invited the future Rama IV, during the period of his monastic life, to become the abbot of the temple. During the sixth kingdom the Wat Rangsisuthawas, which was in poor condition, was incorporated at Wat Bowon. The temple was the residence of several Supreme Patriarchs of the Buddhist church in Thailand. It is currently the residence of Royal Family’s members which entering in their monasticism period. Wat Bowon is even home to Mahamakut Rajavittayalai, the first institute of higher Buddhist education in Thailand. In some buildings of temple, such as Vihara Kenge and Phra Vihara Sassada, there are many examples of art with Chinese influence. On the walls of gate next to Phra Ubosot, the main structure of temple, is carved the image of Kang Siew, a Chinese gods placed there as a guardian spirit to the building. Inside the Ubosot are the Phra Suwannakhet, or Luang Pho To, and the Phra Buddha Chinasi, other two beautiful Buddha images. Among other buildings worth a visit the Phra Panya-a, a three-story edifice in European style, there lived Rama IV when he was abbot, the Tamnak Phetch that is used as meetings hall for the Buddhist monks, and the Phor Por Ror Building which is houses of a museum.
Admission fee & Opening hours: Wat Bowon is open daily from 08:00 until 17:00. Admission is free.
Getting there: The temple is located on the far northeast side of Bangkok’s Ratanakosin Island. There are no BTS or MRT station nearby, so the best way to get there is by metered taxi, or use the boats that run along the Khlong Saen Saep.Read More
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