Wat Pathum Wanaram (วัดปทุมวนาราม) is a temple located between the two shopping malls. While you walk into the temple, you would see Siam Paragon on your left and see CentralWorld on your right.
The temple is divided into two main areas: the temple itself in the front and the meditating tropical garden in the back. I went there last two month; it was my first time there. I couldn’t believe that there was an atmosphere like this in the middle of the city. When I entered the grounds, I immediately enjoyed the peace and serenity.
In my opinion, this temple is less exquisite and elaborate than Wat Phra Kaew or Wat Arun. But, if you only spend a short time in Bangkok, you might consider going there to see Thai Buddhist culture. You can have a walk, talk to monks, pray, and meditate here. Some people also helped cleaning the temple.
However, one thing I would like to warn you is beware of scammers around. Actually I’m quite ashamed to bring this issue up to you, but I don’t want you to have bad experience when you visit Bangkok. The swindlers will lie to you that the temple is closed for prayers or all temples are closed because it is a holiday. And, they will recommend you other temples and try to sell their expensive boat ticket to Wat Arun or Asiatique. Don’t believe them!!! Refuse them and keep walking!!!
Update: February, 2014
Location: The temple is located between Siam Paragon and CentralWorld. The easiest way to go is to get off the skytrain (BTS) at Siam station and then walk through Ratchaprasong Skywalk.
Admission fee: Free
Opening Hours: Everyday from 09:00 to 17:00
On that day I walked through Ratchaprasong Skywalk to the temple from CentralWorld. Here is the front of the temple and the guidepost from Skywalk.
Have you ever been to Wat Pathum Wanaram? Or have you ever been to any temples in Thailand? Share your experience with me in the comments!