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Wat Pathum Wanaram, Bangkok

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Wat Pathum Wanaram (Thai: วัดปทุมวนาราม) or Wat Pathum for short is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok, Thailand. It is located in the Pathum Wan District, between the two shopping malls Siam Paragon and CentralWorld, and across the street of Siam Square.


The temple was founded in 1857 by King Mongkut (Rama IV) as a place of worship near his Sa Pathum Palace. At the time of its founding the area was still only rice fields, only accessible via the Khlong Saen Saeb. 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 (วัดปทุมวนารามราชวรวิหาร).


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


Among the various buildings of the temple is a sala partially reconstructed from the crematorium of the late Princess Mother of Thailand. The crematorium was a rare example of ancient craftsmanship featuring ornate stencils and lacquered sculptures. Known in Thai as phra men, it represents Mount Meru, the heavenly abode of the gods.


In 2010, during the crackdown of Red Shirts anti-government protesters, Wat Pathum Wanaram was used as a "safe zone" for injured people to get first aid. On 19 May 2010, six people were killed by bullets shooting from outside the temple.
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  • Close to the shopping district, it gives an amazing contrast of the peace and quiet provided by the temple with the high-rise buildings that surround it. It's very peaceful and we were the only...  more »
  • Lovely temple, which is now under construction. Very serene, with a nice garden next to it. A place to stay for an hour or so to escape from the city's noise....  more »
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  • Spiritual oasis in the middle of Bangkok’s shopping district. Stuck between two of the biggest malls in Bangkok (Siam Paragon and Central World), Wat Pathum Wanaram is a surprisingly quiet place. During the day, a short walk into the temple’s premise is a bit like taking a time machine to the old days. But this only lasts a few seconds and as soon as you look up, you realize that the temple is surrounded by all the highrise buildings. For foreigners, be aware that this is a place of worship as well as a meditation center. This is usually not a tourist attraction (but of course everyone is welcomed). Therefore please be respectful and follow local customs. Please also don’t make noise when you are in the meditation area.
  • One of the easiest temple at heart of Siam to stop by for making merit. It's quite popular during Buddhism event for "Vien Tien". I usually come to make merit here after meet up with friends around Siam area. You can find well prepared monk's necessities here ready to donate and give to monks.

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