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Wat Bowon Niwet
Wat Bowon Niwet

Bangkok

Operating day:

Monday - Sunday

Operating time: 08.00 - 17.00

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    This temple is located on Phra Sumen Road in the Bang Lamphu area Phra Sumen Road, Khwaeng Bawonniwet, Khet Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

    Tel. 0 2281 2831-3

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Category : Temple

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Wat Bovornnivet Vihara (or Wat Bovornnivet Ratchaworavihara) was built in the reign of Phra Nang Klao Chao Yu Hua (King Rama III). Somdet Phra Bovorn Raratchao Mahasak Ponlasep (Prince of the Rear Palace) was the chief of the construction. The temple is located in Bang Lampu area, not far from Khok Wua intersection, and Ratchadamnoen Road. Wat Bovornnivet used to be the royal dwelling of those ordained kings, from the reign of Phrabat Somdet Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (King Rama IV) to the present reign of King Rama IX, including the high ranked members in the royal family. 

Wat Bovornnivet Vihara is also enshrined the body of Somdet Phra Yanna Sangwon Sakol Maha Sangha Pari Nayok, Buddhist Supreme Patriarch who passed away due to the infected blood circulation system on October 24th 2013. His body was placed in Petch Pavillion in Sangha area.

Wat Bovornnivet Vihara was built in a Thai-Chinese artistic style. Inside Phra Ubosot, 2 major Buddha statues are enshrined; the principle Buddha image (respectfully engaged from Wat Sratapan, Petchburi), and Phra Phuttha Chinnasi (invited from the vihara in the north of Wat Phra Sri Rattanamahatat, Pissanulok). Under the platform of Phra Phuttha Chinnasi , there is the royal cremains of Kng Mongkut (King Rama VI) who used to ordain here when he possessed the title as ‘Somdet Phra Boromma-Orasathirat Chao Fah Maha Vachirawut Sayam Makutrajakuman’.

Phra Ubosot also has splendid mural painting work by Khura In-Khong (a highly specialized famous artist during the reign of King Rama IV) inside. The paintings hold Dhamma puzzles regarding the virtue of the Tripple Gem (Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha). The painting at the lower level of Ubosot wall depicts important activities in Thai traditions, and major religious ceremonies.

Next to Phra Ubosot, a giant round-shaped chedi is situated. It was built in the reign of Phrabat Somdet Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (King Rama IV). The building was covered with golden tiles, surrounded by Chinese pavilions and facades, and Chinese-style roofed Vihara (known as Keng-Chin). Apart from exquisite mural paintings by Khrua In-Khong, Wat Bovornnivet also has Tam Nak Panya (Thai traditional style palace without gables), and Phra Satsada, a Buddha image from Sukhothai period in Phra Maha Thammaracha Lithai’s reign (1357) as well.

 

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