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Wat Niwet Thammaprawat Ratchaworawihan
Bang Pa In Wat Niwet
Bang Pa In Wat Niwet Thammaprawat
The construction of Wat Niwet Thammaprawat was ordered by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V by his reign name) to an Italian architect, Joachim Grassi, to be the royal temple for Bang Pa-In palace located opposite. The King wanted a building whose architecture would remind European churches although it would a Buddhist temple. This is how Wat Niwet Thammaprawat and its neo-Gothic style welcome statues of Buddha in the places which are usually intended for a chirstina cross and Christian images. Wat Niwet Thammaprawat Ratchaworawihan was completed in 1878, the date seen on the spire clock. Besides the main building, there are other European-style constructions in the complex.

The other particularity of Wat Niwet Thammaprawat is the way to access it. As it is located on an island oppositie to the Royal palace with an arm of the river between them, a small cable car system was installed. Its starting point is in the parking lot of the royal palace.

Practical information about Wat Niwet Thammaprawat

This temple is not in Ayutthaya but in Bang Pa In.
No admission fee but donations to pay the cable car operating costs are welcome.
I recommend that you combine visits to the royal palace and Wat Niwet Thammaprawat. It is done very well by train back and forth from Bangkok or Ayutthaya. You just have to locate the train schedules well knowing that you do not need to buy tickets in advance, at the station just before departure, that is enough and that allows a little flexibility on the return schedule. However, allow a minimum of 2 hours on site to visit the royal palace and an hour for the temple.


To go visit Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, you can also book one of the tours above.

How to get to Wat Niwet Thammaprawat ?

Reaching Bang Pa-In railway station takes between 1 hour and 1h45 from Bangkok depending on the trains (see Bangkok - Bang Pa In trains timetable) or around 15 minutes from Ayutthaya (see Ayutthaya - Bang Pa In train schedule) . Then right in front of the train station you will find either a collective taxi (songthaew) which will take you to Bang Pa-In Royal Palace for 15 THB or a motorcycle taxi station (fare 20 THB). Otherwise this is only 20 minutes walk to go to the parking lot of the royal palace where the cable car to the temple is.

Some tours going Wat Niwet Thammaprawat

Visit Ayutthaya's Ancient Ruins & Stunning Palace

Visit Ayutthaya's Ancient Ruins & Stunning Palace

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Explore the old temples in Ayutthaya Historicla Park and go visit Bang-Pa-In Palace with a variety of beautiful architectural styles and a church-inspired Buddhist temple. Then, let's enjoy afternoon shopping and relax at a local market !

Ayutthaya Day Trip: Thai Traditional String Candy Making & Exploring Temples

Ayutthaya Day Trip: Thai Traditional String Candy Making & Exploring Temples

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, unique Wat Niwet Thammaprawat Temple, local market and Thai traditional string candy making

Bang Pa-In & Ayutthaya from Bangkok: Historical Park & Authentic Thai Lunch

Bang Pa-In & Ayutthaya from Bangkok: Historical Park & Authentic Thai Lunch

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Are you looking for an easy day trip to squeeze into your Bangkok itinerary? Then be sure to check out Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is an hour drive from the capital. It is often described as a photographer's dream destination.

Experience Ayutthaya: Temples, Floating Market & Make Boat Noodles

Experience Ayutthaya: Temples, Floating Market & Make Boat Noodles

Offered in Englishenglish guide
In this trip, I will take you to visit the six main Thai temples in the past! Now, they are the major tourist attractions in Thailand. You will be comfortable along the ride in my 7 seater car! Join me, and you'll have the trip of your life!

Roam Bang Pa-in Royal Palace, Gaze at the Great Buddha and Taste Local Lunch

Roam Bang Pa-in Royal Palace, Gaze at the Great Buddha and Taste Local Lunch

Offered in Englishenglish guide
Travel to Ayutthaya to see the Bang Pa-in Royal Palace, which is a beautiful Summer Palace. We'll then visit Ang Thong and be amazed by the biggest Buddha statue in Thailand, Phra Buddha Maha Nawamin at Wat Muang. Cultural heritage aside, we'll get to taste local food at one of Ang Thong's best restaurants.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Wat Niwet Thammaprawat is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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