Timings : 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Entry Fee : No entry fee
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Besides being the most important, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is also the biggest Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Also called the Dragon Lotus Temple or the Wat Leng Noei Yi in Chinese, it remains extremely crowded during any festivities or occasions in the Chinese calendar, especially the Chinese New Year. Set up in 1871, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat was the first one to be bringing in Mahayana Buddhism in Bangkok.
This grand Dragon Lotus Temple is beautifully decorated and its Ordination Hall is where the golden colored Buddha is seated. As you take rounds of the reverent sermon halls, you will come across the collections of Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian shrines, where visitors constantly keep lighting incense. Here the oil in the altar lamps are kept filled at all times with the hope to keep the ‘Fire’ of the present life going on and moving towards ones’ afterlife. Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is must visit for all those who make a trip to Chinatown. Extremely peaceful and beautiful, it gives one the peace and calm away from the hustle and bustle of the city.