If you plan to visit Chinatown, spare time for Wat Mangkon Kamalawat (also known as Wat Leng Noei Yi), the most important Chinese-Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Comprising Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian practices within, the temple features an exterior architectural style more Chinese than Thai with elements such as sweeping roof and dragon decorative motifs. Many worshippers visit Wat Mangkon Kamalawat at Chinese New Year and during the city’s Vegetarian Festival.
Set back from Charoen Krung Road, the temple at first may appear unassuming and perhaps little visited. But step through the gate to discover the valuable culture and inside to find what are often many people performing rites and making merit.
You can visit Wat Mangkon Kamalawat for free. Please respect local sensibilities by dressing appropriately and not interfering with worship.
To reach Wat Mangkon Kamalawat from Novotel Bangkok Silom Road, walk to Sathorn Pier and board a Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ratchawong Pier. From there walk to Ratchawong Road until reaching Charoen Krung Road. Turn right, and the temple will be one block away on the left side.
Alternatively, with the new update on MRT Blue Line extension in July 2019, now you can visit here by starting at the closet MRT Silom station to MRT Wat Mangkon station directly. What a convenient way to travel around Bangkok!