Wat Samphanthawongsaram

Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Samphanthawongsaram

Wat Samphanthawongsaram Worawiharn (Thai: วัดสัมพันธวงศาราม วรวิหาร), also known in short Wat Samphanthawongsaram is a third grade royal Buddhist temple of Worawihan in Dhammayuttika Nikaya sect. It is situated in the area of Sampheng, also known as Bangkok's Chinatown.

The monastery is an ancient temple, which was built in Ayutthaya period. It was formerly surrounded by natural khlong (canal) bridging to Chao Phraya River which brought its local name Wat Ko (the island temple). In the beginning of Rattanakosin in 1796, King Rama I renovated the entire temple and made it a royal temple with the name Wat Ko Kaew Langkaram. Later on, in the reign of King Rama IV, the name was changed to Wat Samphanthawongsaram Worawiharn in present, to honour Prince Samphanthawong (Chui), King Rama I's nephew who was the head of major temple restoration (its name also became the name of the district later).

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