Originally, Wat Bowonniwet was two different monasteries separated by a canal, Wat Mai (which means ''new temple'') and Wat Rangsee Suddhawas. As Wat Mai did not have an abbot, King Rama III (1824-1851) invited Prince Mongkut to become abbot in 1836. Later, during the reign of King Rama VI (1910-1925), both monasteries were gathered in one, Wat Bowonniwet.
The most visible element of the temple is obviously its golden chedi but the Bhuddha images inside its ordination hall are magnificent and the most important one contains in its base the ashes of the kings Rama VI and Rama IX (integrated on October 29, 2017, 3 days after his cremation). There is also a small Chinese temple in Wat Bowon Niwet.
Open from 6 am to 6 pm
Wat Bowonniwet is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :