History Songdhammakalyani monastery

Songdhammakalyani monastery

Songdhammakalyani Monastery (SDK) is situated on Petkasem Hwy., the major highway leading from Bangkok to the south. One can literally continue on this Highway to the border connecting Thailand to Malaysia and through Malaysia to Singapore.
The temple is on the left, if you come from Bangkok, it is 53 kms. west of Bangkok. By bus, the bus driver will allow you to get off just in front of the temple. The landmark is a huge golden laughing Buddha in front of the temple.

Historically, Ven.Voramai Kabilsingh, the founder of the temple purchased the land from the Queen of King Rama VI in 1960. The lot is 6 rai (minimum allowable to build a temple) During King Rama VI’s reign he had Sanamchan Summer Palace built in the city of Nakhon Pathom, just 3 kms. further from the temple. The land in and around the area where the temple is now situated was previously ownen by the royal members. The lane next to the temple is still called “Trok Wang” which means “the palace lane.”

The Uposatha being the most important was built during the first abbot’s period. Other buildings were built built by Ven.Dhammananda, the second abbot. The library where it is used also as classroom is situated right behind the Uposatha hall. The Medicine Buddha Vihara is in the back of the monastic compound where visitors may view the largest and most beautiful Medicine Buddha in Thailand.

Yasodhara Vihara is an all purpose 3-storey building with a large dining area on the second floor and a large hall to house the 13 statues of Arahat Theris on the third floor. On the ground floor there is a bookshop and a parking lot for 40 cars.

Bodhisattalaya is a 3-storey residential building with 16 rooms for double occupancy, to house 32 Samaneris at one time. The Bhikkhunis in residence live in other buildings.

Further information about the monastery:

Wikipedia article on Songdhammakalyani Monastery: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songdhammakalyani_Monastery

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