Hidden away in Bangkok’s lively Chinatown on Yaowarat Road, Wat Mangkorn (or Wat Leng Nui Yee as the locals know it), was built during the reign of King Rama V following the principles of Feng Shui. Today, it combines aspects of Chinese and Thai Buddhism with flecks of Taoism and Confucianism. Many visitors seek to cleanse or avoid bad luck during the inauspicious years by paying respects to the 58 gods placed around the compound.
Poised prominently in the temple are ‘Tai Sui Ye’ or the God of Fate, ‘Cai Shen Ye’ or the God of Fortune as well as the Heng Jia God, Mettraiyabhodisat God, and the Guan Yin Goddess. Often obscured by thick smoke from countless incense sticks, visitors are welcomed to participate in ceremonies, such as obtaining a hard copy of their Chinese fortune.