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Wat Bowornniwet, Bangkok

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Wat Pavaranivesh Vihara Rajavaravihara is a major Buddhist temple in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok, Thailand.The temple is a center of the Thammayut Nikaya order 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.ArchitectureThe golden chedi at the wats 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 Khmers.The murals on the bots interior walls were traditionally light and limited in their subject matter and style. They were painted to appear three-dimensional. Monk artist Khrua In Khong introduced Western style in the murals depicting Buddhist subjects.
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  • The temple is quiet and very beautiful. There are several entrances to the temple and the atmosphere is peaceful.  more »
  • A temple really fantastic, worth visiting it, since it has many attractive. We must not pay entrance fee to enter, and you can walk from Khao San Road, they are approximately about 1500 meters.
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  • This is a historical royal temple close to Khaosan Road believed to have been built in 1357. The golden chedi enshrines sacred relics and there are two large golden Buddha images at this temple. A nic...  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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