Located on Na Phrathat Road near Thammasat University, the temple houses Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University, one of the two highest seats of Buddhist learning in Thailand. Meditation classes are offered for foreigners. The temple is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
WAT TRAI MIT
Located at the end of Chinatown's Yaowarat Road near Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong), this temple is known for its famous Golden Buddha. The beautiful image of solid gold is three metres high and weighs five and a half tons. The temple is open everv day from 9amto5pm.
Built by King Rame 11 for his daughther, Princess Kroma Muen Apsornsudathep, the temple features beautiful floral and bird patterns on the gable end of the ordination hall. This is where the -Thai great poet, Sunthorn I'hu was ordained and penned three of his most celebrated works.
(THE GOLDEN MOUNT)
Wat Sraket's major feature is the Golden Mount, dating from 1800, an artificial hill topped by a gilded pagoda 260 feet in height from its base. Initiated by King Rama III and completed in the reign of King Rama IV, the golden mount is one of the most celebrated landmarks in Bangkok's historic district and offers a panoramic city view from the top.
The outstanding features of this roughly 200-year-old temple include the 43-metrc junk (Sam Pao Nav•a) commissioned by King Rama ITT in honour of China and a monastcrv built as a memorial to the king.
WAT LENG NEI YEE (DRAGON FLOWER TEMPLE)
Located on Charoen Krung Road between Mangkorn Road and Soi Issaranuphap in the Chinatown area, it is the oldest Chinese Buddhist temple in Thailand. It contains various deities specific to Chinese worship.
WAT KALAWAR (HOLY ROSARY CHURCH)
Located on Yotha Road, the church was built in 1787 on the bank of the Chao Phrava River on a plot of land given bv King Rama I to the Portuguese in recognition of their assistance in the defence of Ayutthaya against the enemy. The neo-Gothic brick and stucco building was built in 1890 to replace the
original wooden church. It is the oldest and one, of the, most beautiful Roman Catholic churches in Thailand -being registered by the Fine Arts Department as a historical site.
SANTA CRUZ CHURCH
Located in the former Portuguese community in the Kudi Teen area on Thon Busi, the church was renovated bv Cardinal Pallegoix in the reign of King Rama III. Popularly known as Wat Kudi Jeen, the single-storey church building was built in Italian style. The rectangular belfrv above the dome is decorated with stucco. Inside the church are 14 sculptures depicting scenes from the life of Jesus. It is one of the citv's oldest and beautiful churches.
WAT PHRA SRI UMA DEVI TEMPLE
Located on Silom Road, near corner with Pan Road, this is a small Hindu temple buit in the 1860s. Well-known for its six metres facade of colourful Indian dieties and the gold-plated copper spire.
THE CITY PILLAR SHRINE (SAN LAK MUANG)
Located across the street from Wat Phra Kaeo, this graceful, temple-like structure houses a wooden pillar placed there by King Rama I in 1782 as the foundation stone for the new capital of Bangkok.
This widely revered and alwavs busv shrine located on the corner of Ratchadamri and Ploenchit roads is devoted to the Hindu god 1'hra I'hrom. f he shrine never fails to inspire as crowds of worshippers make offerings of incense laden prayers together with flower garlands and miniature wooden elephants while elaboratelv costumed worshipful dancers complete the picture of veneration.