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

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

It’s strange to see this temple shoehorned into the busiest part of Bangkok. Surrounded by Siam Paragon on the one side and Central World shopping Mall on the other. Just inside this high outer wall of the temple is a large pond and parking area that acts as a quiet zone  between the street and the temple, helping to create the quiet and peaceful serenity of the temple. Passing through the gates in a second wall brings you into the main temple compound.

A small but elegant ubosot sits at the eastern end of the temple grounds. Behind it is a large white Chedi, followed by the very large Wiharn. There  is an ancient Bo tree housed in a courtyard. Behind the main line of buildings is a library. The another wall separates the main temple compound from the monks' quarters.

Enshrined in the narrow ubosot is the principal Buddha image known as Phra Sai, brought from Vientiane, Laos, during the reign of King Rama III. The colourful murals in this hall feature giant lotuses and a royal barge procession. The Lotus connection is from the abundance of Lotus flowers in the canal at the time when this Temple was constructed.

This temple was subjected to a fateful shooting of 6 civilians during the civil unrest of the Red Shirts during the  May 2010 riots. It is said that  the military, not the men-in-black, shot dead six people inside Wat Pathum Wanaram as security forces finished clearing red shirt protesters from the Ratchaprasong  area on May 19, 2010, ending three months of anti-government protests.

These riots around this area caused damage to the Central World Plaza ( as it was called then ) and to the Siam Square cinema complex which was gutted with fire.