Wat Bophitphimuk - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama showing the temple complex of Wat Bophit Phimuk in Bangkok.
Wat Bophitphimuk - FURTHER INFORMATION
Wat Bophitphimuk - Bangkok visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Wat Bophitphimuk' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Central Thailand.
Wat Bophitphimuk Worahiharn (Wat Bophit Phimuk) stands near the southern end of Thanon Chakrawat within Chinatown in Bangkok, almost opposite Wat Chakrawat. It is a second grade royal temple of Worahiharn.
Wat Bophitphimuk was formerly an ancient civil temple which was built of wood in the Ayutthaya period, known then as Wat Lain or Wat Choeng Lain due to being built on the banks of a river where there was plenty of lain or mud. The temple was renovated and renamed 'Wat Bophit Phimuk' during the reign of Rama I.
During the reign of Rama II a cholera epidemic killed a large number of people and the corpses were piled up in the courtyard of Wat Bophitphimuk. King Rama III replaced the wooden temple with a stone building. Rama IV performed further renovations and added a teak wooden pavilion. This is decorated with the King's emblem, the crown guarded by mythical animals.
The monk's residences are built in a mixture of both Thai and Chinese styles. This is not a major tourist attraction in Chinatown, but is of historical interest.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Thanon Yaowarat (วัดสามปลื้ม) (1, 4, 7, 25, 53, 508)
Ferry: Saphan Phut Express Boat Pier, Ratchawong Express Boat Pier