Wat Mahathat is the headquarter of Thailand's largest monastic order. It's also an important centre for the study of Buddhism and meditation.
Although most programmes are in Thai, there are some in English and the temple has become a popular place to learn Vipassana Meditation (Insight Meditation). Classes are held daily from 7am to 10am, 1pm to 4pm, and 6pm to 8pm. The time needed for practice will vary, with each individual English-speaking monks assisting.
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The temple was originally built to house a relic of the Buddha and one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. You can also have your fortune told inside the wat (temple).
Just next to the temple, every Sunday is the Bangkok's largest amulet market, where religious amulets, charms, talismans, and traditional medicine are spread on the ground to be inspected by buyers looking for one that will bring good luck or ward off evil.
Different amulets are used for specific purposes; to bring money, restore health, deal with unrequited love or keep your enemies away. Choose carefully!
You can find the temple on Phra That Road (near Sanam Luang Park, between the Grand Palace and the National Museum), in the Old City (Rattanakosin).
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- Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 5pm
- Location: 3 Maha Rat Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 222 6011