Temples of Thailand - a photographic journey
Bangkok Area Provinces: Central North North-East West South East
A long walk throught the tiny soi's from the main road is the hidden Wat Boromniwas Rajaworawihan also spelled Borommaniwat. It was founded in 1834 by King Rama IV as a forest temple. Imagine that! Nowadays it is in the middle of busy Bangkok. Delicate stucco work and mural paintings depicting Buddhist symbolism can be found in the Ubosot. Phra Buddha Tossapolayan is the main Buddha image, an amazingly beautiful Sukhothai-style statue which was brought down from Phitsanulok. The temple was undergoing serious renovation work when I visited in March 2010, so it will be on my list again on my next trip.