If you’d like to visit a Thai temple that’s right in the heart of the city, but off the beaten tourist track then consider adding a visit to Wat Kalayanamit Varamahavihara to your tour itinerary with Your Thai Guide.
This beautiful old temple was founded in 1825 in Thonburi on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It is a calm and very spiritual wat featuring the largest sitting buddha in Bangkok at approximately 16 metres high and 11 metres wide. Wat Kalayanamit Varamahavihara also is home to the largest bell in Thailand (which brings good luck if rung three times).
Special things to remember about Wat Kalayanamit Varamahavihara
- This wat is not part of the regular tourist trail to preserve the focus of the Buddhist university situated at the temple
- The public are warmly welcomed but are asked to keep a low profile so as not to distract the monks praying and studying.
- The Thai temple dress code is especially important here. Remember, the basic rule is for men and women to cover your shoulders and knees, (ideally cover your ankles as well). Wear long shorts, capri pants, trousers or a knee-length (or longer) skirt. Wear any shirt that fully covers your shoulders. A T-shirt, blouse or polo is fine. A sari or scarf worn around the shoulders over a tank top is ok and you can even use them as a makeshift long skirt.
Wat Kalayanamit Varamahavihara is open seven days a week from 7am – 5pm. You’ll find it at 371 Thetsaban Sai 1 Road, Wat Kalayanamitr, Thonburi.
After a visit to Wat Kalayanamit Varamahavihara, head back across the river to visit Wat Arun (popularly known as The Temple of Dawn), the Pak Khlong Flower Market, and all the attractions of Bangkok’s old city and Grand Palace area. If it’s getting late, stay on the Thonburi side of the river and visit Lhong 1919 to experience modern shopping and dining on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.