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Wat Bowonniwet Vihara

Part of the charm of Bangkok’s old town neighbourhood is its proximity to many fascinating cultural attractions. Buddhist temples are on that list too for many tourists who are intrigued by their beauty. Of course, they are also an attraction for locals due to their religious significance. Temples are classified based on their importance and did you know that there’s a key temple right near ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai? Wat Bowonniwet Vihara is a first class royal Buddhist temple that boasts a long and storied history all the way back to 1824. It’s a great spot to visit!

Interesting facts about Wat Bowonniwet Vihara:

  • Wat Bowonniwet Vihara currently houses the ashes of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) and King Bhumibhol the Great (Rama IX). King Bhumibhol the Great (Rama IX) and King Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) ordained as monks here for 15 days.
  • Four of the temple’s six former abbots have been Supreme Patriarchs.
  • The temple’s name means “The Excellent Abode Monastery”
  • It used to be two different temples before they were united into one.
  • The Buddha statue in its shrine hall dates back to around 1357 and there is also a Buddha footprint
  • The temple is especially renowned for people looking to pray to “defeat” hardship and prevail over obstacles in their life.

Getting there & visiting temples the right way

Wat Bowonniwet Vihara is literally a quick stroll from ibis Styles Bangkok Khaosan Viengtai, being only approximately 450 meters away. The best route is to walk down Rambuttri road towards the “Swensen’s roundabout”, then walk up Bowon Niwet road and you should already see the temple. When visiting temples, remember to be respectful! Follow the instructions on the signage throughout the temple and adhere to the dress-code. Generally this means that women need to cover their shoulders and both sexes should wear proper attire.

The basics:

Wat Bowonniwet Vihara has free entry, though donation boxes are present throughout the temple.

Opening hours: 6 am – 6:30 pm.

Address: 248 Phra Sumen Rd, Wat Bowon Niwet, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200

You can visit their official website here.

Limited car parking slots at the temple are available, otherwise parking at the best car park in Khaosan is recommended.

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42 Rambuttri Road Banglampu , 10200 Bangkok
Tel. +66 2 280 5434
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