Wat Bovornivet

One of Bangkok's most renowned temples

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What we say: 3 stars

Within the walls of Wat Bovornivet is Mahamakut Buddhist University, one of the oldest in Bangkok.

Since its founding in 1826 – when it was originally known as Wat Mai – this wat has been home to a number of royals who entered the monkhood, including the present king, King Bhumibol. Many foreign monks have also resided here and continue to visit to attend religious ceremonies conducted in English. 



This quiet and peaceful wat is worth a look for its beautiful buildings, large golden stupa and interesting murals depicting Western scenes from the late 19th century. The compound also contains ponds where giant turtles and catfish happily swim about.

Also within the compound is the Centre for Herbal Medicine, where herbs and special trees with therapeutic benefits are labelled. Often overlooked by tourists, this is an excellent wat to peek at for the non-touristic wat experience.

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Corner of Phra Sumen and Tanao Rds
Opening Hours: Daily 08:00-17:30
How to get there: The closest Chao Phraya River Express pier Tha Phra Athit and the wat is a 10-minute walk from Khao San Road.
Last updated: 2nd February, 2012

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