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10 December 2009

Visit Europe's first Thai Temple

The Buddhapadipa Temple (or Wat), in Wimbledon, was the first Thai temple ever built in Europe. The temple began in Richmond in 1965 and moved to its current location on Calonne Road, in Wimbledon, just around the corner from that tennis place, in 1976.

Whilst this is a working temple involved in actively promoting theoretical and practical Buddhism in London, and has become an important European Buddhist training centre, the temple and grounds are open to visitors as long as they observe the rules. They cover approximately four acres and include an ornamental lake, a small grove, a flower garden and orchard.

The temple grounds are open from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm on weekdays, but the temple only opens at weekends, for the same hours. For more information, see http://www.buddhapadipa.org/pages/temple.html

^Picture from flickr courtesy of jrydephotography.co.uk^


  1. Fantastic! Didn't even know this existed. Have visited the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden and was over-awed. This looks equally as eye-catching.


  2. It does. The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir was one of my first articles on this site. Let me know if you know of any other such gems.