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.





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 Traimit.

Striking dragon-and-lotus murals cover the gateway set beside Charoen Krung Road‘s bustling footpath, where incense is sold alongside paper offerings, fresh fruit and lotus-shaped steamed buns. Built in 1973, the nine-storey building that fronts the complex blends traditional Chinese roofs into modern concrete walls, making it easy to spot the temple despite the lack of an English sign.

The dragons are also tough to miss. Photo taken in or around Wat Leng Noei Yi, Bangkok, Thailand by David Luekens.

The dragons are also tough to miss. Photo: David Luekens

All visitors must gain passage through the hall of the four heavenly guardian kings, each standing around four metres tall and representing one of the four cardinal directions. Splendid craftsmanship in the armour, instruments and facial features can be viewed through the ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
Wat Leng Noei Yi is located on the north side of Charoen Krung Rd, just east of Mangkon Rd and west of Charoen Krung Soi 23. It's a five-minute walk north of Yaowarat Rd and a 15-minute walk west of Hualamphong MRT station.

Wat Leng Noei Yi
Charoen Krung Rd, Bangkok
Daily 09:00-17:00
Admission: Free

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