Wat Pathumkhongkha

Wat Pathumkhongkha

Wat Pathumkongkha Rajawaravihara | Second Class Royal Temple | Presiding Buddha Image: Phra Buddha Mahachanok

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Wat Pathumkhongkha is a second-class royal temple. The former name is "Sum Pheng" by the name of the road where the temple is located. Later, in the reign of King Rama I, King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke renamed as "Wat Pathumkhongka". Currently, located on the Phranakhon bank of the Chao Phraya River, on Songwad Road, adjoining Sum Pheng Road, 1620 Samphanthawong sub-district, Samphanthawong district, Bangkok

Construction
Wat Pathumkhongkha is an ancient temple. It has been since Ayutthaya period , wide area. Since King Rama I built the new Rattanakosin. He saw that the Thonburi City, which was in the west, was cramped and difficult to defend. Moreover, the Montien Royal Palace was not expanded because it was located in the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and Wat Thay Talad (Wat Molilokayaram)

On the other hand, the east side (Phranakhon) was a better location, which was cape and there are more than half of the river boundary. If the Phranakhon ( capital city) was constructed near the east side, the enemy move the troops to the city was easier to defend than the west, except there was some lowlands.Therefore, King Rama I, was graciously let Phraya Thammathikorn (Boonrod Boonyaratanaphan) and Phra Wichit Nawee to be as a coach of common people to construct a new capital city on the east.

Due to the location of new palace was built, belonged to Phraya Raja Sedhi and his Chinese followers first lived. Therefore, His Majesty the King Rama I let him and his followers moved to live in the garden, located from Wat Sam Pluem (Wat Chrukravad Rajavas) to Wat Sum Pheng Canal (Wat Pathumkhongka)

While King Rama I, was letting Phraya Raja Sedhi and his Chinese followers to relocate to the new home, it was found that Wat Sum Pheng (Wat Pathumkhongka) was existing, an ancient temple, dating back to the Ayutthaya period and the temple was very dilapidated.

The king’s brother, His Majesty Bovorn Maha Singha Nart, was kind enough to repair the new temple. As mentioned in the royal chronicles "The restoration of the old Wat Sum Pheng”. After the restoration, he dedicated the temple to the mother’s king. And then His Majesty the King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke renamed as "Wat Pathumkhongka

After that, during the reign of King Rama II, it did not make any repair or restoration because it was completed in the reign of King Rama I. However, in the reign of King Rama III, it began to deteriorate again.

Phraya Sawasdi Vari has asked for restoration. His Majesty King Rama III was graciously pleased to allow Phraya Sawasdi Vari to restoration. But the restoration was not finished due to Phraya Sawasdi Vari has died. His Majesty King Rama III was not graciously let anyone continue to restoration again. It would be ruined throughout the reign of King Rama III.

At the reign of King Rama IV, King Jom Klao was graciously let Phraya Pisarn Supapphon to continue a restoration. While the restoration, the King Jom Klaot's Royal words "This temple is the temple of His Majesty Bovorn Maha Singha Nart donated to Her Majesty the grandmother”, so he graciously let Khun Sri Vikrom to continue the restoration, and lifted up the Buddha image in the temple. Then, dressing like the king and made a plaster base of a Buddha image and also made two statues holding a many-tiered umbrella, gold flowers and silver flowers.

Location
Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand.

Transportation
Bus Nos. 15, 16, 25, 40, 48, 54, 204 Air-conditioned bus Nos. 1, 8

Opening hours
The Temple is Open Daily from 08.00 A.M. - 05.00 P.M.

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