Wat Borom Niwat

Wat Borom Niwat Ratchaworawihan (Thai: วัดบรมนิวาสราชวรวิหาร); also simple known as Wat Borom Niwat or Wat Borom) is a second class royal Thai Buddhist temple, located in the Rong Mueang Subdistrict, Pathum Wan District, downtown Bangkok.

Wat Borom Niwat Ratchaworawihan
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Cloister of the temple
Religion
AffiliationBuddhism
SectTheravāda, Thammayut
Location
Location2 Rama I Rd, Rong Mueang, Pathum Wan, Bangkok, Thailand
CountryThailand
Wat Borom Niwat is located in Thailand
Wat Borom Niwat
Shown within Thailand
Geographic coordinatesCoordinates: 13°45′06.84″N 100°31′09.84″E / 13.7519000°N 100.5194000°E / 13.7519000; 100.5194000
Architecture
FounderKing Mongkut (Rama IV)
Completed1834

Wat Borom Niwat is a temple that King Mongkut (Rama IV) when he was ordained as a monk ordered to be built in the year 1834 under the name "Wat Borommasuk" (วัดบรมสุข). The original status of this temple was aranwasi (อรัญวาสี; "department of outside the forest"), in pair with Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, which was a khamwasi (คามวาสี; "department in the community") in Bang Lamphu area in Rattanakosin Island. Due to the location of Wat Borom Niwat in those days, considered as a suburb Bangkok. Originally, it has only a main hall, pagoda and 14 monk's dwellings.

The temple was renovated in the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) and renamed to "Wat Borom Niwat" as today.

One mural by Khrua In Khong inside main hall

Interior main hall enshrined principal Buddha statue in Māravijaya attitude named "Phra Thotsaphonlayan" (พระทศพลญาณ; lit: "tenfold power Buddha"). The mural paintings are the works of Khrua In Khong, the grand master artist in reign of King Mongkut. These murals are hidden by dharma puzzles of Buddhism in Western style art.[1]

This temple, when taking a train from Bangkok railway station (Hua Lamphong) will pass through the gate. Because it is located next to the railways and close to Yotse bridge and Bobae market as well.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "วัดบรมนิวาส ราชวรวิหาร" [Wat Borom Niwat Ratchaworawihan]. Dhammathai.org (in Thai).
  2. ^ feethai (2017-03-21). "รถไฟไทยตู้นอนใหม่ชั้น 1 รีวิวจัดเต็ม กรุงเทพไปหาดใหญ่" [The full review of first class new Thai sleeper train Bangkok to Hai Yai]. youtube (in Thai).