Wat Bowon Niwet is an important royal temple in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon District. Before King Rama IV ascended the throne, he was the first abbot. Other kings also resided here for a while. The present king, was ordained here and so it is an important pilgrimage site. For the past five years, the temple has been undergoing renovation and this is now complete. To celebrate this, and the 175th anniversary of the temple, there will be a worship fair from 11th to 15th January 2012.
In this picture, from today’s copy of the Bangkok Post, senior monks and laypeople look at two gold plated spires to be placed on the heads of the Phra Phuttha Chinnasee Buddha image and of a replica at Wat Bowon Niwet. The Sukhothai-era bronze image is in the attitude of subduing Mara. Picture is by Apichart Jinakul.
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