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Pathum Wan District, Bangkok, Thailand. Wat Pathum Wanaram ( meaning Lotus Temple )

969 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330. Thailand.

Having been past this temple many times and seen it from the Sky Train that runs past it between Phloen Chit Station and Siam Square stations I kept promising myself to visit it. This took many years, but did finally happen on  the 3rd of July 2014. The address for this temple is 969 Rama 1 Rd, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330. Thailand.

Opening times are from 09.00 am  05.00 pm.  I took the Sky Train from Nana to Siam Square and went down to the street taking videos and photos on the way to this Wat. It’s about a 10 minute journey from getting off the train. Walking back towards Phloen Chit station along the busy and noisy Rama 1 road.

I was greeted at the gateway to this temple by a Thai man, I never did figure out why or what he wanted. At first  I thought he was going to be one of the usual touts that try to take you on trips all over the city visiting clothing shops or gift shops, from which they make their living by way of commission. But this time it wasn’t that, he just wanted to know if I knew how to get in and had I been before.

The temple was founded in 1857 by King Mongkut ( Rama IV ) as a place of worship near to his Sa Pathum Palace. At the time of its founding this part of Bangkok was still only rice fields, only accessible via the Khlong Saen Saeb which forms the boundry between Pathumwan and Ratchatewi districts.  

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. The ashes of Thai Royal Family members in the line of Prince Mahidol Adulyadej are interred within this temple.

Passing through the first gates and walls I entered into the the part where people offered prayers. It was slightly landscaped. And a quiet part of this temple. Among the various buildings of the temple is a Sala partially reconstructed from the crematorium of the late Princess Mother of Thailand.