Wat Kalayanamit

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Going on an amazing trip to Bangkok, there’s no way that anyone could miss the famous Chao Phraya River. Along this serene route, you will be surprised by the countless number of attractions you can explore. Of course, when talking about the temple, what pops up in the mind of most people is definitely Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn. But, there is so much more to be discovered. Here, at Wat Kalayanamit, you will come across one of the most exquisite ordination halls standing amidst Bangkok’s local neighbourhood.

Wat Kalayanamit literally means the temple of true friendship, and this is pretty much right. Not only is it the centre of heart and mind for the people living in the area, its history also tells us greatly about the naming of this temple. Built in 1825, Wat Kalayanamit was located in the land that a nobleman had donated. Interestingly, he was a great friend of King Rama III. Originally, the area showed a great diversity of Thailand back in the day. The surroundings was considered as a large chinese community in Bangkok, vastly known as “Kudi-Chin Village”.

Walking inside, you will come across one of the most well-known statues of “Luang Phor Toh”. Prepare to be amazed, because this golden image is delicately decorated and is super large. The locals often take a visit to pay respects to ask for wishes and good fortune by lighting up their candles. Strolling around the temple ground, you will see a great mixture of Thai and Chinese architecture that are left against time. Don’t miss visiting the unique Ubosot of Wat Kalayanamit, where a small exquisite Buddha image is situated. If you are a history fan, here, you can take a glimpse at the temple mural which tells you the stories during the reign of King Rama III.

Yes, we know. Spending a day nearby the stunning Chao Phraya River, you would not want to explore just a part of its exoticness. Just ten minutes away, you can uncover another side of Thailand. Visit Pak Khlong Talat Flower Market, and see the local trade that has been going on for nearly 60 years. There are endless types of flower and floral goods at a super cheap price. And, no worries. You do not need to visit Wat Kalayanamit early to visit Pak Khlong Talat afterwards. Because here, florists and vendors work 24/7. The trade might even get more intense at midnight!

So much more are there for you to explore along Chao Phraya River, from authentic markets, ancient temples, to the relaxing art galleries at pierfront. If you’d love to visit Bangkok’s temple that is filled with history and a serene vibe, Wat Kalayanamit will make a one brilliant choice. Explore Bangkok with a deeper insight, and see the unseen with our Local Experts :)

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Wat Kalayanamit opens daily from 6:30 AM to 5:00PM, and there’s no additional entrance fee. Do not miss out on the bell tower because, here, you will come across one of the largest bronze bells in Thailand. So, take your chance and hit it as loud as you can. It may bring you luck like what the local Thais believe! Getting here is super easy, you can come here by car or public transportation. Though, the best way is definitely to hop on Chao Phraya Express Boat. We suggest you get a 1-day pass and enjoy numerous things along the route!

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