Buddhapadipa Temple

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Buddhapadipa Temple

When it was built in the early 1980s, this was the only Thai temple in the Europe. The Shrine Room contains a golden statue of Buddha, a copy of the Buddha Sihing that is on show in Bangkok's National Museum. The grounds of the Temple cover an area of approximately four acre, featuring an ornamental lake, a small grove, flower garden and an orchard. Tours of the site are held as part of Open House London, which takes place in September.

 

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Venue name: Buddhapadipa Temple
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Address: 14 Calonne Rd
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SW19 5HJ
Transport: Tube: Wimbledon
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If you’re looking for one of the more peaceful places in London where you can find some inner peace, or simply to get away from the hustle and bustle of London, then this Thai temple in the leafy suburb of Wimbledon should be pretty high up your list.



It’s an incredible place. Take time to walk around the zen garden, admire the golden statues of Buddha and wonder in amazement at the Uposotha Hall. For the curious and fearless explorers, this temple is well worth a seeing.



Instagram the hell out of it too. Pretend that you visited Thailand. See if your mates fall for it. I wouldn’t blame them though. This small corner of London really does look like Thailand.



Top tip: visit on the weekend before the Thai new new year, Songkran, which takes place between 13-15 April every year. You can take part in Thai spiritual rituals to bless the prosperous Thai new year, smell and taste the delicious, mouth-watering Thai food stalls, buy souvenirs, and find live entertainment in the form of traditional Thai dance and comedy shows.



The only downside to this is it’s little difficult to reach. You can get a bus from Putney Bridge station to get there. But even after alighting at the closest bus stop, it’s still a bt of a trek through pretty steep inclined residential neighbourhood to get to.



Besides the main festivity of the year, it’s a place of peace and worship throughout the rest of the year. If you’re looking for some peace, some tranquility, or simply to get away for a bit, this Thai temple is well worth a visit. London will seem very far away.