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History of Wat Amphawanjetiyaram

 Wat Amphawanjetiyaram, Amphoe Amphawa, is an old and very important temple in Samuthsongkhram Province . It was previously called “Wat Amphawa” and later given the name “Amphawanjetiyaram by King Ram a III , meaning a respectable temple with delightful mango garden . Wat Amphawanjetiyaram was built by Somdej Prarupasirisopak Mahanaknari, the mother of Somdejpra Amarindhramat (The Queen of King Rama I ) as the temple of “Bang Chang” royal family. Its back area used to be the residence of “Luang Yokrabatara” and “Khun Nak”. It was also believed that the old stupa's area was King Rama II's birthplace. The temple was repaired during the reign of King Rama III , Rama IV and Rama V. The important buildings are the cathedral where there are wall paintings showing stories from Thai literature and royal visits by river as well as King Rama II statue, the throne hall, the mansion, the chapel and the stupa.

thumb watamphawan02During the building renovation in 1975, H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn asked the Foundation Committee to restore the temple's wall paintings by cooperating with the Fine Art Department for dehydrating the walls at the expense of 490,000 baht funded by the Foundation. The Rajamangala Institute of Technology by the Art College was assigned to do the painting with the donation of 5 millions baht frome Caplain Poj Sanidwongsa Na Ayudhaya. All the paintings were finished in 2000.

 

thumb watamphawan03Wat Amphawanjetiyaram is now a second class royal monastry. All the buildings are of early Ratanakosindhra period art  and achitecture.The King Rama II Foundation supported the repair and renovation under the patronage of H.R.H.Princess Maka Chakri Sirindhorn.

The Fine Art Department was assigned to plan for the renovation of buildings and landscape concluding seven items. The renovation was funded by the Foundation and the Goverment.