Wat Intharam Worawihan, วัดอินทารามวรวิหาร
I didn’t know much about what was to be expected from the areas that were opened to the BTS line after WongWai Yai. Just a few minutes walk out from Pho Nimit BTS station (exit 1, turn left on the first soi and keep zigzaguing your way to the temple). Wat Intharam is a beautiful temple and makes for a great promenade.
A little bit of history
This royal temple of the Worawihan type, was built during the Ayutthaya period. The temple has been called Wat Bang Yi Ruea Nok or Wat Bang Yi Ruea Thai and Wat Suan Plu (Wat Suan Phlu).
The monastery was restored entirely by King Taksin the Great (1767-1782), who afterwards granted it the status of a royal temple. It was his favorite temple where he came to stay overnight to meditate and observe regigious precepts. At the time the temple was considered to be the largest and most prosperous in the area. In 1782 (B.E. 2325) the temple was used to house the royal creamatorium of the late King Taksin the Great. It retained its status as a royal temple throughout the reign of King Rama 1 (1782-1809 B.E. 2325-2352), with three high ranking monks governing the monastery. During the reigh of King Rama III (1824-1851 B.E. 2367-2394), Phraya Srisahathep (Thong Pheng) restored it once again and asked the king to grant it the status of a royal temple. The request was granted, but to a lower status than before. It was then named Wat Intharam.