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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Wat Hua Lumphong

Wat Hua Lumphong
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2013

Compared to the other temples I've been to, I found this one to be particularly meaningful, largely because of their work with coffins. A Thai friend brought me here and took me through the whole process of accumulating merit by sponsoring coffins, and then praying through the 20 joss sticks in the altar hall next door. The coffins are for the less privileged whose family cannot afford the coffin when they pass, and largely also for the homeless poor who die alone. The temple buildings themselves were also beautiful (can't compare to the big name temples, but still nice). They keep cows here too, apparently to be sacrificed later on. The temple is less crowded than others, and you'll see more locals than foreigners, which is a refreshing change.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Ming H
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“A busy Thai temple”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2013

This is another big temple, where donations are made every day. It is also a very busy area, but I wouldn't call it something exceptional. The national TV channel 3 was obviously one of the sponsors, so its logo is part of the shiny golden decor on one of the outer walls of the temple. Looks a bit awkward..

Visited March 2013
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“An Ordinary Temple Where Thais Donate Coffins”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

Apart from its central location next to Sam Yan MRT and across the street from Chamchuri Square, this temple doesn't offer much to tourists. Among Thais it is best known as where to make merits by "donating" coffins for unclaimed bodies. Behind the crowded hall of Chinese gods is what appears like a provincial district office, with tables after tables where well-wishers, even local celebs, complete their "registration" by filling out their names, date of birth, etc. before making a donation. Then they will receive a pink slip to be placed on any coffins they like. Tourists are definitely welcome but taking photos of coffins is considered a taboo.

Visited November 2012
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“A City Centre Buddhist Temple”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

Wat Hua Lamphong is as central as a temple can be, occupying a large site on Rama IV Road, it is easy to get to by bus or underground train. It is just a few minutes walk from Silom Road also.
The temple is a glittering presence decorated as it is with mirrored tiles of all colours.
At any time of day or night the temple buzzes with activity, people of all ages perform their devotions, make merrits or simply mill around chatting, gossiping and eating with friends and strangers.
An exhilerating experience well worth visiting.

Visited December 2012
3 Thank Suanphlu
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Easy to go by MRT.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2013

NIce place to visit and make a merit.
Can reach by using MRT.
The MRT station is in front of the temple.

Visited August 2012
4 Thank konmink25
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