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Wat Pathum Wanaram, Bangkok

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Wat Pathum Wanaram 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 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 .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.
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  • What moment of calm for this magnificent temple after having done shopping centers where there is crowd
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  • Spend at least 3 days in chaotic capital Bangkok between temples museums and evening to do around KhaosanRoad or places to discover around the Sukhomvit!!!
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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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