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Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, Bangkok

4.7
#12 of 48 in Historic Sites in Bangkok
Religious Site Tourist Spot
A little off the beaten path, Wat Bowonniwet Vihara allows you to experience the religious and cultural aspects of Thailand. In fact, even the King has spent some time in monkhood here. It is usually not crowded, so you can relax and take your time enjoying the peaceful atmosphere and fascinating architecture that the temple has to offer. Appreciate the intricate details and murals on the walls as well as the ornate golden Buddha statues. Entrance is free, but you will have to take your shoes off, as footwear is prohibited inside. Make Wat Bowonniwet Vihara a centerpiece of your Bangkok vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Bangkok trip generator.
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4.6
  • I saw this first over 30 years ago & was fascinated by the story surrounding its discovery. I was told the statue was being moved to another shrine in a better location when it slipped & what turned o...  more »
  • This temple is within an area of other temples but a visit is a must. The whole experience was moving even for our 2 sons both in their 20s.  more »
  • Many tourist overlook the fact that this beautiful temple must always be respected, and at times they sit with the feet pointing towards the Buddha. Obviously they are educated and corrected about the...  more »
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  • Very close to Khaosan road and beautifully constructed. I went in the morning and the place was very serene. Thumbs up for the friendly staff too.
  • Beautiful puja, specially in this holy day, the 8th ir July.
  • The staff there are really warmhearted and voluntary to be your guide. Do remember to donate some money for the maintenance of this beautiful temple
  • Oasis of peace in the middle of big city. This monastery is such a calm and clean place, making you forget where you are. Often, you can see Buddhist monks taking lessons in some of the small rooms on the outer side of the monastery.
  • Very friendly monks and beautiful golden Buddha statues make this an excellent temple! :)

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