Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat temple

Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat temple is a royal monastery and was constructed under the royal command of King Rama III, which he dedicated to his mother and grandparents who resided in this area. The construction was completed in the reign of King Rama IV. The temple has a combination of architecturally designed Thai and Chinese-style ubosot (chapel), which can be seen in an attractively peaceful temple compound.

Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat temple
Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat temple

Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River just behind Khwan Market in Nonthaburi is an ancient temple which is exceptionally decorated. It is enclosed with a defensive fortress and masonry wall with battlements, and thus the temple looks similar to the Grand Palace. Their Majesties the King and Queen has received the royal guest, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra of Kent, and proceeded together to the front of the temple in order to participate in Loy Krathong festival held on the 22nd of November, 1961. In this occasion Her Majesty also contributed the amount of 84,767 baht to fund the temple restoration. Moreover, His Majesty passed a royal remark to the abbot that “[I] used to pass here before and noticed how pleasant the place is, so today we brought a guest over. The temple is one of the magnificent historical sites that is worth preserving in its original condition.”

The temple mentioned above is known as “Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Worawihan”. It was constructed under the royal command of King Rama III when he succeeded the throne and appointed HRH the Princess Mother as Phra Sri Sulalai. Not only that the fort by the Chao Phraya River’s west bank in Nonthaburi was the former residential area of his grandfather - the ruling prince of Nonthaburi, and his grandmother, but it was also the birthplace of Phra Sri Sulalai the Queen Dowager, so King Rama III proceeded there to performthe rite of laying the foundation stone of the chapel by himself. However, even before the construction was completed, the King then suffered from his illness.Consequently, he assigned his multifarious duties, especially those concerning temples, to Phraya Sri Suriyawong.