Chinese Temples & Shrines
A Guide to Chinese Temples & Shrines in Bangkok
Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is the largest and most important Chinese temple in Bangkok. It was built in 1871. The original Chinese name was Wat Leng Noei Yi until King Rama V changed it to Wat Mangkon Kamalawat. The name means Dragon Lotus Temple in English.
The temple is in a courtyard off Charoen Krung Road in Chinatown. It features classic Chinese style architecture with tiled roofs beautifully decorated with dragon and lotus motifs.
Wat Uphai Ratbamrung
Wat Uphai Ratbamrung also known as ChuaKhanh Vanis a colorful Vietnamese/Chinese style temple. Its located on Charoenkrung Road in Bangkoks Chinatown and was constructed in the late 18th century.
Wat Bampen Chine Prote
Wat Bampen Chine Prote is a Chinese Buddhist temple of the Mahayana sect in Bangkoks Chinatown formerly known as Wat Yong Hok Yi. The temples current name was bestowed by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who donated the name plaque that is displayed above the front entrance. It is one of the smallest Chinese temples & shrines in Bangkok.
Wat Thipwariwihan (The Green Dragon Temple)
Wat Thipwariwihan also is known as Wat Dibayavariviharn or locally as the Green Dragon Temple is a Buddhist Chinese temple in the old city area Ban Mo community. It was built in the Thonburi era of King Taksin and is an important temple for the Chinese community residing in the area.
Wat Poe Man Khunaram
Established in 1959, this sacred temple is home to elaborate architecture that fuses Thai, Chinese and Tibetan schools of design. Pay your respects to the statue of the Laughing Buddha for wealth and contentment.
Chua Pho Phuoc Wat Kuson Samakhon
Chua Pho Phuoc is a Vietnamese style pagoda in a cul-de-sac opposite the Grand China Hotel in Chinatown. It is also known as Wat Kuson Samakhon. It is one of the lesser known Chinese temples & shrines in Bangkok.
Chu Chee Khor Moral Uplifting Society
If you?ve ever traveled by boat on the Chao Phraya River you will probably have noticed an attractive pagoda on the opposite bank to Chinatown. The pagoda is part of the Che Chin Khor Temple complex on the grounds of the Moral Uplifting Society. Its a Mahayana Buddhist temple which fuses Chinese & Thai architectural styles to create a unique place of worship.
Guan Yu Shrine
Guan Yu, courtesy name Yunchang, was a general serving under the warlord Liu Bei during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. You will also see his name spelled as Kuan U or Kuan Yu. He is historically renowned as being loyal & righteous. Many Chinese people around the world worship Guan Yu including Confucianist, Taoists & Chinese Buddhists. His character has appeared in many famous Chinese movies such as Red Cliff & Three Kingdoms.
Kuan Yin Shrine Thian Fa Foundation
The Kuan Yin shrineis located at the Thian Fa Foundation on Yaowarat Road in Bangkoks Chinatown. It is one of the most popular shrines in the area being particularly busy on Chinese holidays.
Chao Hon Wong Kung Shrine Rong Kuak Shrine
The bright red Chao Hon Wong Kung Shrinecan be found in the Talat Noi area of Chinatown. It is also known as the Rong Kuak Shrine.The image of Hon Wong Kung was brought to Bangkok in the early Rattanakosin era from China by Hakka merchants. 100 years later during the reign of King Rama V a shrine was built to house the image in. In 1888 the shrine was rebuilt to the left of the old site and closer to the river.
Leng Buai Ia Shrine
Leng Buai Ia Shrine is an ancient Teo Chew shrine. It is assumed to be the oldest Chinese shrine in Thailand being built in 1658 during the Central Ayutthaya period. Chinese businessmen would come to the temple for refuge and pray for prosperity for their business.
Chao Zhou Sin Kong Shrine
The Chao Zhou Shi Kong Shrine is one of the oldest Hokkien Chinese shrines in Thailand. Its located by the riverside at the end of an alley full of old car parts in Talat Noi community. Zhou Shi Kong was a much-respected monk who came from Fujian province in China.
Tai Sia Huk Chou Shrine (The Monkey Shrine)
The Tai Sia Huk Chou Shrine in Chinatown is also known as the Monkey God or Great Sage Temple. Chinese people go there to pray for good luck and prosperity. The shrine is one of the smallest in Chinatown, in a small shophouse the size of a hotel room. It?s thought it is at least 300 years old. It is one of the most popular Chinese temples & shrines in Bangkok.
The Tiger God Shrine (San Chao Pho Suea)
The Tiger God Shrine also known as San Chao Pho Suea is a Taoist shrine and was built in 1934. The architectural style is Southern Chinese. According, to legend, the shrine is dedicated to the spirit of a tiger. The Tiger lived in the jungle surrounding this area and the statue is where his bones and spirit are kept.
The Mazu Shrine
The Mazu Shrinein Lhong 1919, a Chinese heritage center on Bangkoks riverside. The original shrine is 168 years old & was restored as part of the restoration of the site. The shrine consists of three statues brought by ship from China and installed with the buildings and pier. Mazu is the Chinese goddess of the sea traditionally worshiped by fishermen, sailors and those who have to travel by sea.
Kian Un Keng Shrine
The Kian Un Keng Shrine is an ancient Chinese joss house on the Thonburi bank of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. It is also known as Kuan An Keng Shrine & the Guan Yin Shrine. The shrine is one of the oldest in Thailand founded by King Taksin who ruled Siam from 1767 to 1782.
Kwang Tung Shrine (Canton Shrine)
The Kwang Tung Shrine, also known as the Canton Shrine is located at the Kwong Siew Association on Charoen Krung Road in Yaowarat. The Kwong Siew Association is one of several Chinese charities in the area that offer free medical treatment to local people of Chinese descent.
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