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Wat Kalayanamitr Varamahavihara, Bangkok

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Wat Kalayanamitr Varamahavihara is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple is located in Wat Kanlaya sub-district, on the Thonburi bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple was established in 1825 by Chaophraya Nikonbodin (born To, เจ้าพระยานิกรบดินทร์), who donated the temple to Rama III. Chaophraya Nikonbodin was an ancestor of the Kalayanamitr family, whose descendants include Saprang Kalayanamitr. A poem inscribed in the temple reads:Wat Kalayanamitr Varamahavihara is one of three family temples of the Kalayanamitr family, along with Wat Rakhang and Wat Chakkrawatdirachawat Woramahawihan. The family name Kalayanamitr derives from a poem inscribed in the temple.
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  • The temple is located on the Thonburi Side of Bangkok, so very peaceful and almost no tourist. It was built at the peak time of trade with China, so architecture is very Chinese influenced. In the cou...  more »
  • To get to this temple we took the Chao Praya Express boat to a dock across the river from the temple and then took another ferry just across the river. This is a very quiet, non-touristy temple and th...  more »
  • Free entrance, no waiting lines. Nice to see, Quiet place. This temple is out of the tourist zone, We were brought here by a bike tour. Nice te visit if you have some time left in Bangkok.  more »
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  • A famous one of the Big Buddha Image "Luang Pho To". A beautiful view of the Chao Phraya River.
  • Peaceful place. Felt older and more focused as a religious place, like its well used, not just for show like some other temples feel!
  • An important temple in this area this temple is merged together with Thai and China culture.
  • Jul 2017 underrenovate nearby landscape however Travellers still welcome as usual.
  • Beautiful Wat in historical old town BKK

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