Wat Mongkolrata Temple

Wat Mongkolrata Temple, Tampa

Wat Mongkolrata Temple
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Hillsdale, Canada18 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Great Sunday outing! All types of Thai food at reasonable prices - two can eat well for less than $20. Great picnic area to eat and view the neighboring river. Plan to arrive early (before 9:00 am) in order to find a parking spot and before the food runs out. The line ups for food can be long, so a good strategy for couples is to split up and stand in separate lines. Highly recommended, we'll be back for sure.
Written January 26, 2020
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908 contributions
Jan 2020
The Sunday Market is wonderful! The food is authentic Thai prepared by Temple volunteers. The food vendors are under a big covered area and there are picnic tables under the shady oaks along the river. Leashed dogs are allowed in the picnic area & it's a very family friendly atmosphere. In addition to the food, there are gorgeous orchids, vegetables, herbs, etc. for sale at a reasonable price. Visitors may also respectfully enter the main temple. Bring cash & take home containers for the soup. The Sunday Market is very popular, so it's best to get there early before parking becomes a hassle.
Written June 27, 2020
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Florida4 contributions
Dec 2019
We like to go there early Sunday mornings to pick up different dishes to go. Large choice of different dishes for little money and absolutely delicious.
Get's real busy, so come early.
Written May 23, 2020
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fred f
Tampa, FL90 contributions
Mar 2014 • Friends
I hesitated a long time to write this review because I respect the people and the place.

It used to go there all the time and it was a place where non Asians and specifically non Thai represented a small portion of the visitors.
Food used to be good, cheap and in decent quantities with enough meat in the meat dishes.
Soup used to be $5 for a large bowl and you waited 5-10mn at most.

The reality now: they priced the soup at $6 and $8, still the same size and barely bigger for the large bowl and let's remember it's soup... and you still only get 3 or 4 small factory made meatballs, not to mention that the line is AT LEAST 45mn and no A/C...! Again, it's just soup.

The curry boxes got smaller, less meat, less sauce unless you insist.

Tea cups got smaller by 50%, are full of ice, so you pay for 1 cup (literally) of beverage in a 3 cup container; 3 sips and it's gone.

I'm not going to enumerate all the stuff that have gone up in price, down in quantity and sometimes in quality, this is just to make a point.

Like any other place in the world I've been too, including Thailand, we see the same thing happening when is demand increases.

It used to be an authentic relaxing family place where you could park, eat, sit without having to fight or be there before the cooks arrive; now it's just another place riddled by capitalism and greed. It's all run by volunteers so the money goes to put more gold paint on Buddha I guess...

Sorry guys from the Temple, I love your place and only sadness makes me write those words but it's gotten out of hands,
Sunday at 11:30 feels like Walmart on Black Friday !
Great for people in need of a fake real experience though.
Written April 15, 2014
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Locust Grove, VA214 contributions
Feb 2015 • Family
We visited on a Monday and the place looked deserted. The compound covers a large shady area with many picnic tables. I would love to go back on a Sunday when the market and vendors are available. The temple is small but very beautiful inside. An interesting stop if you happen to be in the area.
Written February 18, 2015
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Gail T
West Deptford, NJ101 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
What a beautiful way to spent a sunny, Sunday. This is our second visit to the Wat Temple and no one was disappointed. After strolling the grounds and seeing the sites, we went to the market to buy some lunch. After selecting our wonderful food, we joined the multicultural group at the picnic area searching for a seat. This is where the fun begins. Everyone seems to be having a great time. The food is good, the people are friendly, and the place is quiet and peaceful. This is an experience not to be missed!
Written February 3, 2015
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33 contributions
I have always been fascinated by Buddhist Temples, but had only associated them with Asia. I know that is pretty closed minded of me, but I never gave much thought to them being in the United States, let alone in Florida. I was very pleasantly surprised to learn of Wat Mongkolrata Temple and looked forward to seeing it first hand.
When we first arrived, we were greeted by a very long line of cars waiting to enter the Temples parking lot. It was Sunday morning and since there wasn't any services going on, I was surprised there was such a crowd.
After finally entering the parking lot, we followed the other cars to what appeared to be a rear parking area. We found a spot and began walking toward the temple. The temple itself was beautiful with its simple lines, intricate designs, and dragon adorned light fixtures lining both sides of the walkway outside.
As we continued around the far side of the temple, we soon realized there was more here than what meets the eye. There were farm stands with fresh produce and a building housing vendors that were selling various Thai dishes. There were many tables with people eating and looking out at the Palm River. Despite all of the people, it was a very tranquil scene to behold.
My party and I decided to visit the inside of the temple before making our way to the farm stands. We removed our shoes and stepped inside. A gentleman was speaking to a small group of people about the temple. Since we arrived in the middle of his presentation and did not want to disrupt it, we stood in the back and just took in the beauty and serenity of the inner sanctum.
After exiting the temple, we walked along the path near the river to the produce stands. There were many different varieties of fresh produce and all were very reasonably priced. We took the opportunity to purchase some to take home to Vero. Seeing as we weren't aware of the Thai food offerings and we had already eaten a large breakfast, we didn't try anything. It smelled and looked delicious though.
Wat Mongkolrata Temple is a hidden jewel of Tampa. It is a wondrous place filled with peace and serenity, offering a nice departure from the hustle and bustle of every day city life. I highly recommend visiting. Just make sure you bring your appetite on Sundays, park in the lot across the street, and always remember to remove your shoes before entering the temple.
Written January 23, 2015
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Tampa, FL179 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
I lived in Tampa most of my life and I've never been to the Wat Temple. However, my husband and I decided since we were kid free last Sunday we'd check it out. We will definitely be back! The template was easy to find and it's right off the Selmon Expressway so it's easy to get to no matter where you are coming from. There were people helping you find parking so it was very easy to find a spot and it was really busy so this was very much appreciate. We walked around the picnic area and the food area before settling on lunch. My husband I shared two egg rolls, rice with two different kinds of chicken, and Thai Beef Salad (10 Stars for being so- so good). We found a spot and enjoyed our lunch.

Tip - I high recommend bringing wet wipes or paper towels if dirty picnic tables bother you. It's so busy that people are getting up as you are siting down. I didn't see anyone circulating to clean the tables so I believe it's do it yourself, but it's no big deal! Also, the line for the noodle soup was long, but all the other lines moved very quicky and were short.

After lunch we got a huge bag of fried bananas which were so delicious. It was hot so we didn't hang out long, but we will be back when it's cooler and we're bringing our 12 and 15 year old daughters next time so they can try some new foods.
Written August 15, 2014
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St. Petersburg, FL20 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Excellent VERY authentic venue. A huge array of different foods. Will definitely go back. Much off the temple grounds are outdoors so it is hot in Tampa summer
Written July 29, 2018
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Altamonte Springs, FL292 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
It’s only open on Sundays, and parking is limited, and the lines for food grow very quickly. When we went, some of the lines actually ran out of food! But the food that we did get to try was very good. Visit the Temple when you are there too. It is very beautiful on the inside, but it can be quite hot inside on a warm day. If you do get there late (like we did), be patient for parking.
Written May 29, 2018
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