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Wat Pathum Khongkha, Bangkok

Previously known as Wat Sampeng, this ancient monastery was founded in the Ayutthaya period.

Previously known as Wat Sampeng, this ancient monastery was founded in the Ayutthaya period. It has been renovated during the reign of King Rama I by a rich Thai citizen, who gave the temple the current name. The main Buddhist image in the temple is in the subduing mara posture. The doors and windows are exquisitely decorated in with lacquered ornamentation in gold leaf patterns. Behind the temple is the Execution Stone, where King Rama III ordered the execution of Krommaluang Rak Ronnaret for planning a rebellion against him. The canal in front of the temple is a holy site as the ash of cremated members of the royal family and the royal elephants are scattered here. The temple has recently been completely restored, making the golden Buddha images look shinier than ever.


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About Wat Pathum Khongkha

 Song Wat Rd

Wat Pathum Khongkha and Nearby Sights on Map

Chinese Shop Houses

Rows of stuccoed yellow Chinese shop houses are to be found here in a very serene environment

Tang Toh Kang Gold Shop

Chinatown is one of Bangkok's oldest districts and about 14% of the buildings have been designated as historical landmarks

Siam Commercial Bank Building

Instead of trying to find this building while walking, this Art Deco-style building is actually best seen from the Chao Phraya Express Boat

Song Wat Road

A century ago, this road was the centre of a rice trading industry

Wat Traimit

This temple is one of the highlights of Yaowarat, but is actually not part of China's cultural heritage

Golden Buddha

Located in Wat Traimit, Golden Buddha is a 5500 kg gold statue, thought to be built around 13th-14th centuries

Wat Samphanthawong

In the Ayutthaya period this temple bare the name 'Wat Ko', which means Island Temple, as it was surrounded by a canal that was directly in contact with the Chao Phraya River

Bangkok Bank Building

Right across the road from the Tang To Kang gold shop, and actually quite similar to it, the Bangkok Bank Building is one of Bangkok's oldest commercial buildings

Chinatown

Yaowarat Road is home to Bangkok's Chinatown, which is noted for its authentic Chinese markets and eateries

Wat Ratchaburana

This temple is located at the foot of the Rama I Memorial Bridge on the Bangkok side