Best Things to do in Wang Thonglang-Ruen Ratchada Bodin

In Wang Thonglang District, there are interesting attractions that you can visit and these are Ruen Ratchada Bodin Museum, Wat Mahabut, Klum Ban Benjarong, Wat Yang, Wat Sri Boon ruang, and Residence of Guanyin Chok Chai 4

Ruen Ratchada Bodin

The Ruen Ratchada Bodin is one of three Thai-golden-teak-houses including Ruen Tan Chao Phraya (Non-Royal Duke House), Ruen Ratchada Bodin and Ruen Silpa Nitas. The Thai style house was built and enlarged with parts of the old Thai style house by contractors in the Ayutthaya period. To read full info about Ruen Ratchda Bodin, please click here

Ruen Ratchada BodinPhoto credit: bodin

Wat Mahabut

Famously known as ‘Wat Mae Nak’, because the shrine of Mae Nak, the ghost in popular Thai folklore, is located inside the temple. Wat Mahabut was built five years before Ayutthaya collapsed, then it became deserted until Phra Mahabut led the restoration. Because of its age, there are many old buildings in the temple, such as Vihara Luang Pho Yim, Pang Mara Wichai Buddha and
the archaic ubosot.

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Klum Ban Benjarong (Group of five-colour-porcelain House)

Klum Ban Benjarong was formed by La-or-sri Prangchaikul. This is a famous group producing five-colour-porcelain in Bangkok because they create scrupulous and beautiful porcelain. They developed a remarkable feature of the porcelain by using high quality of ‘Namthong’ so that the five-colour-porcelain is splendid and it provide income for the group as well. Nowadays, there are
families that are members of the group. Klum Ban Benjarong is organized as ‘the Display of Merchandise of Wang Thonglang District’ along with Sufficiency Economy under self-dependence and cooperation with organizations, Products of the group are sold in department stores.

Wat Yang

Ruen Ratchada BodinPhoto credit: Wat Yang

This temple houses ‘Luang Pho Toh’, a holy wooden statue of Buddha with the attitude of subduing Mara. According to a legend, the statue of Buddha floated and stopped at the waterside of the temple. Villagers living nearby placed the statue of Buddha in the temple.

The name ‘Wat Yang’ was distorted from ‘Wat Young’. The word ‘Young’, in the Laotian language, means ‘stop’. In other words, this is the temple that the statue of Buddha floated and stopped there.

Wat Sri Boon Ruang

Wat Sri Boon Ruang, residence of guanyin chok chaiPhoto credit: วัดศรีบุญเรือง เฟสบุคเพจ

Wat Sri Boon Ruang is an old temple. It was built in 1830, during the 3rd reign. It was said that Bodindechanuchit Non-Royal Duke moved the troops from Bangkok to fight with Laos. His troops stopped to rest near the present location of Wat Sri Boon Ruang. His solders set up camp and built a dam. Then they consumed water from the Khlong Saen Seab.

After that a temple was built there, called ‘Wat Tam Nop’. Then it was changed to ‘Wat Hua Pai’ and it’s present name, ‘Wat Sri Boon Ruang’. The holy thing of the temple is ‘Luang Pho Sukhothai’. It is the bronze statue of Buddha with the attitude of subduing Mara.

The early Sukhothai placed it in front of the principle Buddha image. According to legend, the statue of Buddha floated along the Khlong Saen Saeb a hundred years ago and stopped at the bank of temple, Villagers placed the statue of Buddha at the temple and it has remained until present. There is a fair to celebrate Luang Pho Sukhothai every year.

Residence of Guanyin, Chok Chai 4

Wat Sri Boon Ruang, residence of guanyin chok chaiPhoto credit:

The residence of Guanyin, Chok Chai 4 was built in 1983 by master monk Kuang Seng. It is a Mahayana religious place with beautiful Chinese architecture. There is a Sukha-wadee building, a house with a Chinese style roof of sky and land god, dragon pillars and a big house with a Chinese style roof with Guanyin Bodhisattva placed on Seum-sue (toad) and Prince Ang-Hai-Yee Bodhisattva in front of the residence court. In the residence, there are figures of Chinese god, a statue of Buddha 12 zodiac of Guanyin, 32 attitudes of Guanyin, Phra Tung sum and Ing ing Tai Sue, etc.

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