Photo: Bangkok's most significant Chinese Mahayana Buddhist temple.

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Wat Leng Noei Yi

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Wat Leng Noei Yi stands as the largest and most significant Chinese Mahayana Buddhist temple in Bangkok. A visit will wrap you up in incense smoke, dragons, pagodas and a world of iconography in glittering gold and crimson.

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The Temple of the Dragon Lotus, to use the English translation, was established as a centre of the Chinese brand of Mahayana Buddhism in 1871 after the founding monk scraped together enough donations. King Rama V officially changed the name to Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, but the original name stuck.

Absolutely worth a stop. Photo taken in or around Wat Leng Noei Yi, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

Absolutely worth a stop. Photo: David Luekens

Often used for traditional Chinese funerals, Wat Leng Noei Yi is a ceremonial centre for Chinese festivals in Bangkok. Prominent Thai government and police officials join the monks here to ring in the Chinese New Year. Though it contains many stunning features, the complex is usually free of the tourist crowds that flock to nearby Wat ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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