Wat Bowonniwet Vihara
Wat Bowonniwet Vihara
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary3,376 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
Wow. This was a totally unexpected find. I didn't really know anything about this temple beforehand, I simply was walking around having an explore when I saw this golden jewel in the sky.

Wat Bowonniwet is a striking golden colored temple that really stands out. With bell shaped spirals this is one of the unique Bangkok temples.

It's not too big but still makes for an interesting exploration. With nice architecture, detailed statues, and lots of alters and structures to look around.

It can become very bright here with the reflection of the sunlight, so be careful of your eyes
Written 12 September 2022
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CSK
Singapore, Singapore114 contributions
May 2022
Nice temple to visit. Went on Vesak (Bucha) Day - 15 May 2022. Not too crowded. Mostly local Thais going.
Recommended temple.
Written 18 May 2022
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates41 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
An old temple famous for the thousand year old stone carving Buddha statue, Prabhaireebhinash. Devotees come here to get blessing of victory over mighty foe. The golden pagoda house sacred Buddha relics which will be accessible only during special occasions.
Written 20 February 2022
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany10,847 contributions
Mar 2020
After a morning of seeing the 'big' ones, soon learnt that it was a much nicer experience and as equally gratifying to see the quieter examples...
Written 9 March 2020
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Lewexh
Australia8 contributions
Feb 2020
The place for local people go to praying and for the monks staying in side .there're had big Buddha and very old one .
Written 2 March 2020
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Rex
Bangkok, Thailand19 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
This Temple is in a walking distance from Khao Sarn Road. It is not very crowded except during the religious ceremony. The ordination hall is also unique as there are two principal Buddha images in the same hall (normally one). This was also the residential temple for King Rama 4th - 10th, when they were monks.
Written 4 February 2020
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Bell h
Washington DC, DC7 contributions
Oct 2019
If you are interested in architecture, you should visit this place! you will experience something different Thai culture and Asain in general!
Written 27 January 2020
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Stravaig
Inverness, UK626 contributions
Jan 2020
A very beautiful and quiet temple. When we visited there was only one other person in the whole of the grounds that we seen. Worth a visit to escape the crowds.
Written 22 January 2020
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Rita A
Paco de Arcos, Portugal1,039 contributions
Aug 2019
This Wat is a great place to calm down.
A very near distance of 900m from Khao San Road. A must visit for any visitors. Beautiful place. Get inside the Temple and sit, seeing how Thai people sit and meditate in peace and happiness.
A precious experience.
Written 5 January 2020
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tawi.t
Bangkok, Thailand1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Friends
Wat Pavaranivesh Vihara Rajavaravihara (Wat Bowon Niwet Wihan Ratchaworawihan,  is a major Buddhisttemple (wat) in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand. Being the residence of Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana; the late Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, it is the final resting place of two former kings of Chakri Dynasty; King Vajiravudh Rama VI and King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX.

The temple is a center of the Thammayut Nikayaorder of Thai Theravada Buddhism, it is the shrine-hall of Phra Phuttha Chinnasi (พระพุทธชินสีห์), a statue of the Buddha which dates to around 1357. Bowonniwet has been a major temple of patronage for the ruling Chakri dynasty. It is where many royal princes and kings studied and served their monkhood, including King Bhumibol and his son, the present king Vajiralongkorn.

Architecture

The golden chedi at the wat's shrine carries the relics and ashes of Thai royals. The two viharas are closed to public. The T-shaped bot holds a magnificent Sukhothai-period Buddha, cast in 1257 CE to celebrate freedom from the Khmerชs.
The murals on the bot's interior walls were traditionally light and limited in their subject matter and style. They were painted to appear three-dimensional.Monk artist Khrua In Khongintroduced Western style in the murals depicting Buddhist subjects.

Written 24 December 2019
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