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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 district Pathum Wan, 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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  • Wat Pathum is right next to Isetan Department Store it is a wonderful shrine to visit if you are in the area really serene  more »
  • It is a near disgrace when something as wondrous as a Thai temple is allowed to become overwhelmed by its surroundings, but such is the case with Wat Pathum. Perhaps sixty or seventy years ago, this w...  more »
  • it is near Central world, Siam paragon, Siam BTS station. It is a beautiful and clean wat.The Shakyamuni Buddha statues in this Wat are unique.  more »