Also known as ‘Boat Temple’, Wat Yannawa is a third class royal temple which was originally built during Ayutthaya Kingdom and the boat structure was added in the early 19th century. It is one of the oldest temples of Bangkok for the actual temple was constructed way before Bangkok was founded and even before the time when the Rattanakosin Kingdom took its first breath.
Its most distinguishing feature is its viharn which is made up in the shape of a 19th century sailing ship, more specifically a Chinese junk vessel. The structure was commissioned at the orders of King Rama III and was really popular among the Chinese who settled in the kingdom in the China Town region. The boat temple is made up of concrete and is about 40 meters long. In place of mast, stands two white Chedis and at place where the wheel house should have been, there is a room full of Buddha images. The Viharn remains open to public and up the stairs one can also witness a statue of King Nangklao.
The tale behind this choice of design was the fact that lots of such vessels were used in the past and had been helpful in supporting trade with China, they were regarded auspicious for prosperity and economy were dependent on them. King Rama III wanted people to remember them and their contribution, which were by then beginning to get replaced by steam engines. Hence the addition of the structure was actually meant as a memorial although during this time the temple was also renamed, before the temple was formally known as Wat Khok Khwai in Ayutthaya kingdom.
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Opening Time: It remains open from 8 am till 6 pm.