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Wat Chong Nonsi

Wat Chong Nonsi in central Bangkok dates from the late Ayutthaya period.The temple has a small ordination hall (ubosot) measuring 20 meters long by 10 meters wide that was constructed with the boat-shaped lines characteristic of the late Ayutthaya period. It contains wall murals painted with only four or five colors, some of which are erotic in nature. There are 32 chedis of rectangular and circular shape around the building. Wat Chong Nonsi has been standing here in what is now the suburb of Sathon since the second half of the 17th century. This was at a time when the Grand Palace existed in all its golden glory, not in Bangkok but in the then flourishing Thai capital, Ayutthaya. Bangkok then was just a tiny stilt village on the southern banks of the Chao Phraya River. Yet Chong Nonsi’s interior still manages to enrapture and inspire, and send tingles up your spine. Its allure is its murals. They are exquisite, being among the finest and best preserved survivors from the classical Ayutthaya period, whose trademark was simplicity and grace.
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