Also known by its original name of Wat Leng Noei Yi, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is the most important and revered temple in Chinatown. The temple contains Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian deities, and is... Read More
Also known by its original name of Wat Leng Noei Yi, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is the most important and revered temple in Chinatown. The temple contains Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian deities, and is absolutely thronged with worshipers during major holidays such as Chinese New Year and the Vegetarian Festival. Devotees float flowers in small pools, wave joss sticks and incense in the air, and stand in long lines to enter the temple's inner sanctum to be blessed by the attending monks. From the entrance on busy Charoen Krung Road, the temple doesn't look like much, as it is set back through a driveway, but it reveals itself once inside.Visitors are welcome here and there is no charge, but make sure to respect local sensibilities and don't interfere with the merit making activities and people's personal worship.
Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Charoen Krung Road
- Chinatown/Yaowarat's Best Attractions: "You can get here most easily from Yaowarat Road in Chinatown by walking up either Padungdao or Pleng Nam roads to Charoen Krung, which parallels Yaowarat on its northern side, and turning left here. The temple is on the right hand side of Charoen Krung, but you may need to ask a local to point it out as it does not look like a temple from the outside."
- Best for Chinatown/Yaowarat's Best Attractions Because: For being Bangkok's most revered Chinese temple, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is worthy of a visit.