Monday, 12 January 2009

Wat Hua Lamphong วัดหัวลำโพง

Wat Hua Lamphong is nice Buddhist temple located on Rama 4, just beyond the entrance to Silom. The temple is one of the newer Wats in Bangkok and therefore rarely visited by tourists. The temple complex is nicely incorporated in modern buildings around.

Wat Hua Lampong was extensively remodeled in honor of His Majesty the King's 50 anniversary on the throne. The royal seal of the Kanchanapisek Year (as it was called) is used extensively throughout the temple's elaborate decorations. The seal features two elephants flanking a multi-tiered umbrella.
The temple is actually quite large, and if you wander around you will find some interesting older buildings.

Wat Hua Lampong faces Rama IV Road a short distance from the Montien Hotel. If taking the Skytrain, alight at the Saladaeng Station, walk through Taniya Alley, cross Suriwong Road, Rama IV will be on your right. Turn left on Rama IV and walk down about one block.

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