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Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen

Step into the world of Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen (known for his other names such as Wat Pak Nam or Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen), the swanky royal wat that’s making waves in the heart of Bangkok’s Phasi Charoen district, right along the majestic Chao Phraya River.

This temple is not your run-of-the-mill holy haven; it’s the hipster hub of the spiritual scene!


Back in the day, way back in 1610, during the Ayutthaya era, this place was all the rage, basking in the glory of royal support from Thai monarchs.

But as time passed, it hit a rough patch, falling into such disrepair that even cobwebs had cobwebs.

Then, in a plot twist that Netflix would envy, the temple made an epic comeback under the reign of the meditation known master, Luang Pu Sodh Candasaro.

This guy knew how to rock the monk robe.

Fast forward to the 21st century, and the temple became the center of a Thai soap opera when Somdet Chuang Varapuñño took over as abbot.

He was on the verge of becoming the Supreme Patriarch (the big cheese of the Thai monastic community), but politics swooped in like a meddling mother-in-law at a wedding.

The appointment was stalled and withdrawn, causing more drama than a reality TV show.

Tax fraud allegations flew like confetti, but it turned out they were just paper tigers.

Practices & propagation

Enough with the drama! Wat Paknam isn’t just about intrigue; it’s also about heart.

The temple is a beacon of charity and a nationwide campaign to spread the five precepts throughout Thai society.

Nuns (Mae Chi) love hanging out here because it’s where the cool kids pray.

Wat Paknam’s Giant Buddha

But wait, there’s more! In 2021, they unveiled a colossal bronze Buddha statue called “The Phra Buddha Dhammakāya Thepmongkhon.”

This shiny dude now stands tall and proud before the stupa, watching over the city like a zen guardian angel. It’s such a big deal that even the folks on the BTS can’t miss it.

This statue has turned Wat Paknam into the hottest tourist spot in town and a great Instagram location.

Move over, Eiffel Tower; there’s a new kid in town!

Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen
AttractionWat Paknam Bhasicharoen
LocationPhasi Charoen district, Bangkok, Thailand
Founded1610 (Ayutthaya period)
Revival PeriodEarly 20th century
Current AbbotSomdet Chuang Varapuñño (until 2021)
Notable Feature“The Phra Buddha Dhammakāya Thepmongkhon” bronze statue
FamePopular for charity and spreading the five precepts
SpecialtyAttracts mae chi (nuns)
Tourist AttractionYes, thanks to the bronze Buddha statue
VisibilityEasily seen from the BTS
ImpactDoubled the number of visitors to Wat Paknam
Notable EventsControversy surrounding the Supreme Patriarch’s appointment
Other FeaturesLocated along the Chao Phraya River

In Thai, Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen is วัดปากน้ำภาษีเจริญ (Wat Paknam Phasi Charoen).

Entrance to Wat Paknam Temple is free.

To reach Wat Paknam, you can take a taxi, use a ride-sharing service, or utilize public transportation like the BTS (Skytrain) or buses, depending on your location in Bangkok.

The easiest way is to use the BTS and arrive at Wutthakat Station.

You can also take the MRT to Bang Phai, but please notice it’s a walking distance from the temple, around 15 minutes.

Wat Paknam is situated in the Phasi Charoen district along the Chao Phraya River, making it accessible by various means of transportation.



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