Wat Anongkharam Worawihan, Somdet Chao Phraya, Khlong San, Bangkok,
วัดอนงคารามวรวิหาร สมเด็จเจ้าพระยา คลองสาน กรุงเทพฯ ประเทศไทย
Wat Anongkharam Worawihan,
วัดอนงคารามวรวิหาร, is a
second grade royal temple of Worawihan.
It was built during the early Rattanakosin period in
1850 (B.E. 2393) and dedicated to King Rama III. The temple was originally
named Wat Noi Khamthaem after its founder Than Phuying Noi,
wife of a noble, Somdet Chao Phraya Borommaha Phichaiyat (That
Bunnag or Lord Bunnag) who is known as the person who restored
Wat Phitchaya Yatikaram Worawihan and built the enormous prangs there. The temple was later renamed
Wat Anongkharam by King Rama IV. The Wihan (sermon hall)
is built in the Thai style of the Rama I period. Inside there is
a Sukhothai style principal Buddha image, Phra Chunlanak,
of gold-leaf covered bronze in Subduing Mara (demon) posture. The
image was brought from Sukhothai Province in 1949 (B.E. 2492). There are other
important Buddha images in the temple compound. Clusters of monk's
dwellings are decorated with beautiful wooden carvings.
A collection of belongings of the revered monk Somdet Phra Phutthachan
Phutthamahatherea (Nuam) is located in a monk's
dwelling that is open for public visitation and homage-paying on Khao
Phansa (Buddhist Lent Day, the beginning of the annual rainy-season monks'
retreat) and on
New Year's Day.
Scenic Photography by Gerry Gantt from Thailand, the land of Golden Wats.