Wat Mahathat is the headquarter of Thailand's largest monastic order. It's also an important centre for the study of Buddhism and meditation.

Although most programmes are in Thai, there are some in English and the temple has become a popular place to learn Vipassana Meditation (Insight Meditation). Classes are held daily from 7am to 10am, 1pm to 4pm, and 6pm to 8pm. The time needed for practice will vary, with English-speaking monks assisting each session. 

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Wat Mahathat highlights

Wat Mahathat was originally built to house a relic of the Buddha and one of the oldest temples in Bangkok. You can also have your fortune told inside the wat (temple).

Bangkok's largest amulet market takes place next to the temple on Sundays. Religious amulets, charms, talismans, and traditional medicine are spread on the ground to be inspected by buyers.

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Different amulets are used for specific purposes: to bring money, restore health, deal with unrequited love, or keep your enemies away. 

Located in the Old City (Rattanakosin), You can find Wat Mahathat on Phra That Road, near Sanam Luang Park, between the Grand Palace and the National Museum. 

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Wat Mahathat in Bangkok

Location: 3 Maha Rat Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Open: Daily from 9am to 5pm

Phone: +66 (0)2 222 6011

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