Wat Kalayanamitr

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Wat Kalayanamitr
Wat Kanlayanamit - Entrance.jpg
Wat Kalayanamitr is located in Bangkok
Wat Kalayanamitr
Shown within Bangkok
Basic information
Geographic coordinates 13°44′24″N 100°29′28″E / 13.739939°N 100.491226°E / 13.739939; 100.491226
Affiliation Buddhism
Country Thailand
Architectural description
Founder Chaophraya Nikonbodin
Completed 1825

Wat Kalayanamitr Varamahavihara (Thai: วัดกัลยาณมิตรวรมหาวิหาร, rtgsWat Kanlayanamit Woramahawihan, IPA: [wát kanlajaːnamít wɔːráʔmahǎːwíʔhǎːn]) is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok, Thailand. The temple is located in Wat Kanlaya sub-district, on the Thonburi bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple was established in 1825 by Chaophraya Nikonbodin (born To, Thai: เจ้าพระยานิกรบดินทร์ (โต)), who donated the temple to Rama III. Chaophraya Nikonbodin was an ancestor of the Kalayanamitr family, whose descendants include Saprang Kalayanamitr. A poem inscribed in the temple reads:

Thai Transcription English
วัดกัลยาณมิตรคนสนิทกษัตริย์สร้าง
งามสล้างรุ่งเรืองดั่งเมืองสรวง
เป็นที่เคารพสักการะคนทั้งปวง
เพราะในหลวงจักรีวงศ์ทรงอุ้มชูฯ
Wat Kalayanamitr khon sanit kasat sang
Ngam salang rung rueang dang mueang suang
Pen thi khaorop sakkara khon thang puang
Phro nailuang chakkriwong song umchu
True friend temple was built by a close friend of the King
As glorious, beautiful, and prominent as the city of heaven
It is respected and worshiped by all people
Because it is cherished by the Chakri Dynasty King[1]

Wat Kalayanamitr Varamahavihara is one of three family temples of the Kalayanamitr family, along with Wat Rakhang and Wat Chakkrawatdirachawat Woramahawihan. The family name Kalayanamitr derives from a poem inscribed in the temple.[1]

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Coordinates: 13°44′24″N 100°29′29″E / 13.74000°N 100.49139°E / 13.74000; 100.49139