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Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, Bangkok

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Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, previously known as Wat Leng Noei Yi, is the largest and most important Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand. It hosts celebrations of a number of year-round events, including Chinese New Year, and the annual Chinese vegetarian festival.It is located in the district of Pom Prap Sattru Phai in the city's Chinatown, in a courtyard off Charoen Krung Road, accessed by an alleyway.HistoryWat Mangkon Kamalawat was founded as a Mahayana Buddhist temple in 1871 or 1872 (sources differ), by Phra Archan Chin Wang Samathiwat (also known as Sok Heng), initially with the name Wat Leng Noei Yi. It was later given its current name, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, meaning "Dragon Lotus Temple", by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).Style and LayoutThe temple is built in a classic Chinese architectural style, with typical sweeping tiled roofs decorated with animal and floral motifs, including the ubiquitous Chinese dragons. The ubosot (ordination hall) houses the temple's main, gold colored, Buddha image in the Chinese style, and is fronted by an altar at which religious rites are performed.The main entrance to the viharn (sermon hall) is flanked by large statues of the four guardians of the world, the Chatulokkaban, clothed in warrior costumes, two on each side. Around the temple there are shrines dedicated to a variety of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian deities and religious figures, all important in local Chinese beliefs.
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  • The Wat Mankon Kamalawat (Temple of the Dragon Flower), located in the Charoenkrung Road, is the largest and most important Chinese Buddhist temple in Chinatwon, which was founded around 1871. The...  more »
  • A beautiful and colorful attraction in Bangkok's Chinatown area, this is also a working temple attracting many worshippers. I really enjoyed the experience of the colorful decorations and the strong.....  more »
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  • this place is an absolute must to see there temples and all sorts of different types of Buddhist temples and features 2 photo and get selfies amazing place must be seen I also recommend you go and get yourself blessed by one of the Buddhists
  • Quite nice but I had my trainers stolen. The guy gestured where to leave my shoes and took off his sandals. When I came back they were gone. They have him on CCTV, not worth going to the police for but very inconvenient to be shoeless in the middle of Chinatown. Just be careful - actually even Thais hadn't all taken their shoes off.
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