Entrance to the main building of Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Previously called Wat Leng Nui Yee, this temple’s current name translates to Dragon Lotus Temple. Clouded with incense smoke, it’s the largest and most important Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok, but attracts all kinds of devotees, as it combines elements of Taoism and Confucianism.
Built in 1871, it’s decorated with several gilded Buddha images, and its glazed ceramic gables are topped by Chinese dragons. In the courtyard are shrines and a furnace for the ritual burning of paper money and other offerings to ancestors.
This is where everyone goes to celebrate the Chinese New Year, and is the focal point of an annual vegetarian festival in October.
Inside the Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Opening times: 6am-6pm
How to get to Wat Mangkon Kamalawat
Take the MRT subway to Wat Mangkon station.
The courtyard of the Wat Mangkon Kamalawat