Originally,it called Pak Ao temple.It's Mon temple where built in Ayutthaya period. It was left after the 2nd Ayutthaya War. Later, in 2417 B.E. King Rama V of Rattanakosin renovated and dedicated to his grand mother. He gave the new name "Porramai Yikawas" means temple of grand mother. Some interesting things in this temple 're Ubosot or ordination hall where decorated with mural painting depicted about life of Buddha. The mural painting 's in King Rama V style which got an influence of Western painting, Vihan where housed a huge reclining Buddha image,Maha Raman Chedi in Mon style housed the great relic from India,museum represented all Mon artifacts.
The island where used to be a land, in Ayutthay period ,there was a big project to build a canal linked the zigzag river route for more easier tranportation. So that area became an island by human doing. Also in later period,the King donated this island as a land of Mon community who invaded from Burma. It was the beginning of Mon life there. After Mon settled in Island ,they still spent their life as usual, belief and religion, food and desserts,houses,pottery making,culture and tradition,...... all 're still alive in this island.
Today,this island is one tourist attraction in Nonthaburi. There 're so many things to do and see in this place, such as visitting temples and museums, shopping Mon handicraft, trying Mon food,.....
For visitting this island, by boat, as I know there 're a cruise from Maharat pier (near Wat Phra Kaew) every Sunday. Please follow the link below.
For independent visitting, just catch bus no.32 or air con bus no. 5 and 6 from Sanam Luang field or Bang Lamphu area. It run to Pakkret then walk to Sanam Nue temple for ferry to Porramai Yikawas temple pier.
An enjoyable way to see is by bicycle.They can be rented for 40-50 baht at village number 6,near Phai Lom Temple.It is easy to ride around the whole Island and get a down to earth look at the local comunity.You will pass frinendly vender selling Pat Thai and kids playing and laughting .Riding early in the morning or later in the afternoon is better as it is not too hot
This is a good place to check out an authentic Thai fresh and wet market.Nonthaburi market has a wide range of fresh produce and is certainly worth visiting in if you want to see a traditional Thai market. Wander and take in the sights, colours and smells of the new, interesting and tasty foods you're bound to discover. To reach the market walk about 300 m up Pratcharat Rd and the market is on your right. At the rear of the market there is a group of food stalls. The market is also adjoined by a couple of street markets
Kwan A Man is a Mon cultural centre on Ko Kret featuring traditional Mon earthen pottery. The art of making pottery of the Mon people dates back to the Thon Buri period. It is considered the oldest kind of handicraft in Nonthaburi. Along the walkway on the island are some homes that make pottery items for daily use like flowerpots, mortars, jars, etc. Visitors can go inside and browse .
Wat Paramai Yikawat is one of the first temple you will see as you get off the ferry boat to Ko Kret from Wat Sanam Nuea pier. Also known as Wat Mon was built about 200 years ago in the Mon style.The main attractions here are the Mon-style marble Buddha image ,mural paintings and a Mon style carved pagoda.
At the end of the Ayutthaya period Ko Kret Island was first inhabited by a community of Mon people from Burma.These craftsman made a distinctive style of pottery which they still continue to do today.There are many shops on the Island where you can buy pottery at a resonable price.There are also a couple of old temples to be seen and some relaxing little restaurants next to the river to enjoy the view of river life.
Originally it called Sam Jeen temple, built in Pre Rattanakosin period and renovated again by one goverment officer named Chao Phraya Choduek Racha Setthi. In 2484 the name was changed to Chotikaram temple. Some interesting thing in this temple 're : Ubosot or ordination hall with curve base, Inside decorated with mural painting depicted about the conference of god and Buddha life. Another 's Viharn where have wood carving door and decorated on the ceiling with Chinese influence painting.
This temple was built in the reign of King Rama III by Kron Luang Seneeborrirak, one goverment officer . It was famous in mural painting inside old Ubosot or ordination hall depicted about Buddha life and Dharma puzzle.
Located in Kret Island,about 100 metres from Porramaiyikawas temple. This museum originated from Khun Pisal Boonphuk who aimed to collected the ancient Mon pottery as much as he can. Inside the museum,exhibit so many old potteries which made from the ancient Mon method. Almost 're for water container but in many shapes,such as cylinder shape pot and star gooseberry shape pot. On the shoulder of all pots,they always carved or stamped as decoration.
Open : Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00/ Sat-Sun 8.00-18.00
Contact : Khun Pairot Boonphuk
Doesn't matter which way you travel to Nonthaburi, by the time you get in central of the town, you will see a crowded of locals, a numerous of street vender set up on footpath all the way. If you walk along the main road to the pier, get into the subway (soi) you will see a lot big market which sell all the fresh food. If you get there in the afternoon or evening, you will be in even more the crowd. There are many kinds of attraction in Nonthaburi but I think the features are about lifestyle of people and beautiful temples. So if you visit nonthaburi and get enough wander around you can go a bit further out from central to visit some temples.
The royal temple where used to be a residence of King Rama III's grandparents and a birthplace of his mother.The King built this temple in honor of his ancestors in 1847 AD. and finished in King Rama IV 's reign.
Important buildings are Ubosot ,Vihara,Sala Karn Parien (Gathering hall),Stupa ,Drum Tower & Bell Tower.Almost buildings are the mixture of Chinese and Thai style and decoarted with ceramic imported from China.
The most notable icon of Ko Kret is the leaning chedi or Chedi Mutao, a pagoda in Wat Poramai Yigawat located at the north-eastern tip of the island.
This temple located one finest Wooden Library hall in the pond. The reason to build in the pond 's to protect book from insect.
This temple was built in Late Ayutthaya period. The interesting thing 's Ubosot or ordination hall where have curve base and decorated the pediment with stucco and pottery.