Wat Niwet Thammaprawat
Wat Niwet Thammaprawat
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Chaicharn D
Bangkok, Thailand1,369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
This temple was built more than 100 years from King Rana V. The temple is western style with mix Thai style inside. The temple can be reach by ropeway across the river. The area is very peaceful and spacious with the river view.
Written December 10, 2020
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Samate
Helsinki, Finland96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Wat Niwet Thammaprawat is quite unique Wat. First you go there by cable car across the river and you see western village and parish Church. The temple inside is very beautiful. When you visit palace, do not miss this small island.
Written February 12, 2020
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PORhibido
Krungthep Mahanakorn824 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Park your vehicle and take the cable car to this small Gothic-style temple situated on an islet carved out by the Chao Phraya. Constructed during the long reign of King Chulalongkorn who spent months in Europe (helping Thailand become the only SEA country to escape colonialism), the temple's décor isn't as exuberant as Catholic churches in Europe, but is still interesting for the combination of Buddhist and Christian elements, e.g. Buddha images standing on the altar. Exhausted? Head back to the "mainland" and have river prawns for lunch, famous all over the country and even featured in a few clips of Mark Wiens.
Written May 15, 2021
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Mollymoon_26
Bangkok, Thailand1,581 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Temple is located on the small island. Very impressive of free cable car running across the river from parking area to the temple. This is very unique temple cause it was a church before. Beautiful European architecture with pastel colour surrounded by many trees. Church turns to temple, so unique!
Written October 9, 2020
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BorntocruiseUK
Heathfield, UK13,393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Couples
Wat Niwet Thammaprawat is the only Neo-Gothic monastery in Thailand and is located on an island in the Chao Phraya River opposite the Bang Pa In Palace near Ayutthaya.

Access is gained through a cable car strung across the river and manned by the monks from the temple which carries four passengers. Such a unique way of getting there. You can see the monks cranking the cable car over.

It reminds me of a very western church. With it's stain glass windows. Which on the day we were there threw rainbows of lights across the inside.

I loved the money tree where you write your prayer on the notes as offerings.

This was our first stop of the day so we were there early with very few other visitors. It was fabulous to watch all the monks go about their daily chores.

It has such a spiritual feel about the place. Would loved to have actually stayed for a few days as a retreat.

They were so friendly and helpful even though we were intruding on their space.

Hopefully my photographs will say more than words can.

We didn't know we were going here on our tour but I am so glad we did. I guess the simpleness of it was quite refreshing after all the ornate temples we had visited.

I would highly recommend a visit. But go early for it gets too hot and before too many people spoil the tranquility of this place.

We then continued our tour to Ayuttaya by long tail boat along the river, absolutely perfect.
Written November 3, 2014
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IainNorthernIreland
Derry, UK556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
On a small island in the Chao Phrya river, just across from the Bang Pa-In royal estate and largely unnoticed by the busloads of visitors to that estate, stands what looks at first glance to be an English village. A street of Western-style buildings, complete with fence, trees, and lamp-posts, culminate in a fine if rather colourful neo-Gothic parish church.

The whole thing is actually a wat, a Thai Buddhist temple-monastery complex, and the church (which maintains the Western look inside as well as out) is its wiharn or worship hall.

Wat Niwet was a personal project of the great 19th-century Siamese king Rama V Chilalongkorn, the modernising monarch whose diplomatic and governing skills also kept the kingdom from becoming another Western colony. The king had a great fondness for Western style though this wat (designed by his European architect, a full-time court employee) is a rather extreme case.

Despite its character and attractiveness Wat Niwet gets few visitors, probably because most of those who come to Bang Pa-In are on organised day tours from Bangkok to Ayutthayaand just making a short stop. But if you make a trip specially to take your time at the estate - and I recommend that - do take in Wat Niwet as well. You get across to it on a cable car from the estate car park operated by the temple (no charge, donation appreciated).
Written July 17, 2019
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Chris P
Troy437 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
You take a cable car to complex where you will see a facility that has a budda in a typical western religious structure. There are very few tourists at this attraction. We spent less than an hour
Written March 4, 2018
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SenorGancho
Winnipeg, Canada1,152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
What a fantastic experience. You cross over to the island via what seems like a shaky cable car. A monk is running it so it should be safe, right? Then we get to wander around observing the monks conduct their business. Fascinating. No shortage of dogs. Apparently if someone has a dog and can't look after it, they drop it off to the monks who will care for it.
The church is quite impressive showing its obvious Italian influence. Vibrant colours bring the inside to life and it is worth time to sit and contemplate the serenity of the place. We really enjoyed our time there and glad we visited. Recommend you do the same :-)
Written March 10, 2018
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aomb
Bangkok, Thailand342 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
This temple is an hour away from Bangkok. The temple is a Buddhist temple built in 1876 in Gothic Revival style designed by an Italian architect. It looks like a church with Buddha images inside. The temple is situated on a small island in the middle of Chaopraya river in Ayuthaya province. You can get to it by taking a unique cable car provided by the temple.

It s not a big temple but very unique and worth checking especially if you are in the area. It is actually right by Bangpain Palace.
Written December 5, 2017
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Forevermui
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia889 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Friends
Definitely a must visit if you happen to visit the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. Wat Niwet Thammaprawat is located on an island on the Chao Phraya River, which is just opposite of the palace.

Key features:
1. Access via cable car
This could be the only temple in the world that is accessible via cable car. Free.
2. The temple is disguise as a church. Free entrance but donation welcome. This Royal temple is very beautiful. It is very interesting to see the blend of Western, Thai and Buddhist culture elements in this Wat Niwet Thammaprawat.
3. Very beautiful river view.
Written January 2, 2017
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