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Wat Kalayanamitr Varamahavihara

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Address: 371 Thetsaban Sai 1 Road | Wat Kalayanamitr, Thonburi, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
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Small complex with huge Buddha, hardly any tourists.

We went here with a cycling tour (Co van Kessel). Small temple complex with the biggest sitting Buddha There were hardly any tourists there and we got to ring the giant bell three... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2017
Bart N
Waalre, The Netherlands
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Waalre, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

We went here with a cycling tour (Co van Kessel). Small temple complex with the biggest sitting Buddha There were hardly any tourists there and we got to ring the giant bell three times for good luck after looking at the Buddha. If you're around you should see it. If you have to go out of your way to see... More 

Thank Bart N
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 December 2016

We had been to Wat Arun a number of times. Always crowded and busy, with people swarming everywhere. After a Khlong tour we were given the option of going to Wat Arun (again) or to Wat Kalayanamitr. We decided the latter and it was more than worth it. Hardly any tourists. The main shrine room was out of this world.... More 

Thank Andrew C
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Reviewed 19 June 2016

The Thonburi area of Thailand across the Chao Praya river used to be where the capital of the Thai kingdom was situated. The capital was moved across the river to Rattanakosin after Burmese invasion by Rama I who identified it would be easier to defend. As a result the Thonburi area as it is now has very little historical heritage... More 

Thank summerofscience
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 4 January 2016

To echo other reviewers, we were introduced to this temple as a stop on a cycling tour. What a wonderful stop! The serenity of this temple overwhelms you as you begin to explore the grounds; there are no crowds despite its proximity to Wat Arun. And perhaps this is for the best. You can peacefully admire the giant, gold, seated... More 

Thank Ken B
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 25 November 2015 via mobile

This is an excellent temple and almost completely devoud of tourists. Not exactly a ghost town because some locals are always coming to pray. The temple and surroundings are peaceful, serene and really very beautiful not so much in a blow you away kind of way but still impressive. Visit it before the tourist hordes discover it.

Thank Faraaj Q
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Reviewed 22 October 2015

One of an amazing temple in Bangkok in Krung Tonburi Area, people love to visit at the beginning of the year.

Thank Tong P
Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 September 2015

I went here on August 30, and it was like going to a ghost town. I did the 15 min walk from Wat Arun, over the bridge and down Thetsaban Sai 1 Rd. I mean I know that most tourists ignore Wat Kalayanamitr according to the net, but it felt like Bangkok has ignored it too. The road was devoid... More 

Thank tsk9383
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Reviewed 24 August 2015

I think by far the biggest Buddha image on the Tonburi site. A very nice place best to do the visit whith the other sights around there starting from the Royal Barges Museum and work you way up on the west bank of the Chao Paya River.

Thank 387georgew
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Reviewed 20 August 2015

Big Golden Buddha in the city. All visitors are visiting for good relationship as its name ( good friends )

Thank Wittaya C
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 4 August 2015

A beautiful temple located on the riverfront in Thonburi district, this white temple has an elaborate roof tinted with gold, orange, red and green. This is a working temple with a big monk's residence on its grounds and visitors can join in the prayers and offerings session. A nice temple to spend some time in peaceful contemplation.

Thank nellielim

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