When you plan to visit Chinatown, spare time for Wat Mangkon Kamalawat (also known as Wat Leng Noei Yi), the most important Chinese-Buddhist temple in Bangkok. Comprising Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian practices within, the temple features a Chinese exterior architectural style with elements such as sweeping roof and dragon decorative motifs. Many worshippers visit Wat Mangkon Kamalawat during Chinese New Year and Vegetarian Festival.
Set back from Charoen Krung Road, the temple at first may appear unassuming and perhaps little visited. But step through the gate to discover valuable culture and inside to find what are often many people performing rites and making merit.
You can visit Wat Mangkon Kamalawat for free. Remember to respect local sensibilities by dressing appropriately and not interfering with worship. You can easily reach Wat Mangkon Kamalawat from Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit by taxi within 20 minutes.