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Wat Leng Noei Yi, or the Dragon Flower Temple, dates back to 1871 and is one of the most important sites for the Chinese in Thailand.
The original temple was built using donations scraped together from the residents along Sampaeng Lane. Today, the temple's name has been officially changed to Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, although locally it is still known by Leng Noi Yi.
Entering from Thanon Charoen Krung, note the nine-storey gateway at the entrance, built in 1973 to honour King Rama IX's sixth cycle birthday. The interior of the temple is divided into several separate sections, all of which visitors are allowed to wander through, although no photography is allowed.
A variety of activities take place here, including fortune telling, merit-making and regular services, along with worshipping at the Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian altars.
Keep an eye out for the Chinese Thais making funeral offerings of burning paper cutouts of houses, cars, refrigerators and other symbols of financial success. By burning these, the deceased are ensured of having their creature comforts in the afterlife.
As of our last visit, the temple is undergoing some heavy-duty construction. However, even with all the scaffolding, it is still worth a visit to take in the ever-bustling scene of worshippers.
How to get there
Wat Leng Noei Yi is on Thanon Charoen Krung near the intersection with Soi Itsara Nuphap. The nearest MRT station is Hualamphong.