Kuan Yin

Kuan Yin, is an ancient Chinese goddess with legend going back to 300 BC. Known in Thai as Jao Mae Kuan Im, she embodies the virtues of love, kindness, compassion and forgiveness. Built by Chinese immigrants in the reign of King Rama III, the riverside temple houses a one-meter tall gold image of Kuan Yin, facing the Chao Phraya River. Photographs are not allowed within the shrine itself, but visitors can snap away at the antique ambience of Chinese architecture outside.

A newer temple was built in 1983 in the residential area of Chokchai 4, off busy Lad Prao Road. It is somewhat off the beaten path, but the beautiful representations of Chinese deities, prominently including the goddess Kuan Yin (along with assorted Buddha images) are worth checking out. Thais who eschew meat-eating often pay respect to this goddess of compassion, so a vegetarian hall and a meditation centre are also located here.

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