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Wat Kaeo Fa Chulamani, Kiak Kai, Bangkok
(Wat Bang Sue or Wat Kaeo Fa
Wat Kaeo Fa Chulamani (Wat Bang Sue or Wat Kaeo Fa
Bon) is situated in the northern
Bangkok district of Kiak Kai, at the confluence of
the Khlong Bang Sue and the Chao Phraya River close
to Pier #21 for the Chao Phraya River Express Boat
We visited the Wat in October 2007 and were pretty much ignored by the monks, allowed to wander around the exterior of the temple's buildings. The Wat is a working Buddhist temple, not on the regular tourist trail, carrying out,
ordinations of new monks and other ceremonies for
the civil population of the area including cremations and marriage blessings etc.
It is not known precisely when the Wat was founded
but it believed to be in the late 1750's.
Wat Kaeo Fa Chulamani
(Wat Bang Sue or Wat Kaeo Fa Bon) covers an area of around 5 acres and
besides the crematorium, situated at the middle of the complex, temple and monk's accommodation
there is a 'Linga', the thimble shaped structure, emblem of Shiva that is adjacent to a popular 'wishing' spot right by the river with an area where visitors can feed the fowl of the air and fish of the river with food obtained at a booth in exchange for a donation to the temple (minimum 10 Bht).
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