Temple

TempleWat Buddhapadipa in London was the first Buddhist temple in the United Kingdom, established by the London Buddhist Temple Foundation with the objective of creating a centre for the dissemination of theoretical and practical Buddhist teachings in Europe.

This temple has been under the Royal Patronage since 1965 when it was originally located on Christ Church Road, Richmond. It was moved to its present site in Calonne Road, Wimbledon Parkside in 1976. With the support of the Royal Thai Government and the Thai people, the Foundation erected an “Ubosot”, a Thai style building for monastic ceremonies. The celebration of monastic boundary, held on October 30, 1982, enabled Wat Buddhapadipa to become a formal temple according to Thai tradition: in fact, the only Thai temple ever built in Europe.

From the start,Wat Buddhapadipa has actively promoted theoretical and practical Buddhism in London as well as in other cities of the United Kingdom and in countries such as the Federal Republic of Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It has thus become one of Europe’s most important Buddhist training centres. In 1986, when the British Museum organized an exhibition “Buddhism : Art and Faith”, a London newspaper even commented that there was no need to go far in order to understand Buddhism, since visits to the British Museum and Wat Buddhapadipa should suffice.

The grounds of the Temple cover a monastic area of approximately four acres in which the Uposatha Hall is situated on an ornamental lake, a small grove, flower garden and an orchard. The Temple consists of the House where the monks live and a cottage. On the ground floor of the House there is a Shrine room, a Dining room, A study, a Library, a Cloak room, an Office, a Kitchen and Telephone room. The rest of the House is the place for the monks. The Uposatha Hall or the Temple is constructed place for the traditional Thai style on the monastic area.

The Buddhapadipa Temple is situated at 14 Calonne Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 5HJ. You can see also more contact details if you need.

The opening time is from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm: weekdays for the temple ground and weekend for the main temple.

57 Responses to "Temple"

  • Jenny Pandey | July 11, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Dear Lynn,
    Thank You very much for all the time that you spent with us yesterday. Your explanations were fantastic. We all learnt a lot. We felt very welcome.
    All of us would like to visit again!
    Many thanks
    Jenny and the pupils from Elm Court School

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  • Lynn Waunford-Brown | January 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Greetigns. I was wondering if the temple was open to visitors. I would love to visit with my children. Please let me know the hours and days you are open for visits. Many thanks in advance. Lynn

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    • editor | April 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      we are open from 9am until 5pm daily

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      • Stefanie Droog | October 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm

        Hi,

        We are planning to visit the temple in the weekend, is there an entrance fee?

        Thank you.

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        • editor | October 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

          Hello,
          no entrance fee

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  • Cornelia Fjelkestam | February 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Dear sir/miss
    We are five Swedish students, studying in London.
    We are currently working on project regarding Buddhism and we are interested in visiting your holy temple.
    Is it possible to get a guided tour during our visit and get time to ask several questions? Our group is also very interested in Buddhism meditation and we would much appreciate to be taught or be part of a meditation session.
    Best regards, Cornelia Fjelkestam

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  • Deborah Mendes | February 26, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Hi

    I would like to come to visit the centre and also interested in the meditation and chanting sessions you do. Please can you tell me a bit more. How i come along, when is a good time etc.

    thanks
    Deborah
    07989 584084

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    • editor | April 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      HELLO,
      WE ARE OPEN FROM 9AM UNTIL 5PM DAILY.

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  • Louisa Connelly | March 15, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Hi,
    I am a primary school teacher who has recently taken over R.E in a school in Richmond. I am really keen to up the involvement in the teaching of R.E at the school and wondered if you allow groups of children to visit your temple and if there is anyone who would relate aspects of what happens there to children of a primary school age? If so what would be your suggestions etc,
    Many thanks, I look forward to your reply,
    Louisa

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    • editor | April 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Yes we have school groups visiting the temple

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  • jo | March 19, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Hello,

    I would like to visit one weekend – perhaps this Saturday. It is not very clear on your website when visitors are allowed to come and what can be accessed. Please let me know

    Thanks

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    • editor | April 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      Visitors can come any day between 9am and 5pm

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  • Stella | April 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Hi there
    I wanted to know more about the temple. Can you tell me who established it and when. I ask because I used to know a Thai lady who was pivotal in establishing a temple in Richmond a few years ago, and I wondered whether this is the temple she founded.
    Many thanks for your help

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    • editor | April 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      The Thai Sangha moved here in 1976

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  • Ceri | May 13, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Hi,

    Is the main temple open for visits during the week 9-5 or is it only the grounds?

    Thankyou.

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  • elena | June 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    hiya, im starting my art gcse, and i wanted to know the regulations about photograpghy, like where can you take photos and where you cant, ive been here before with the school and fell in love with the serenity and peacefulness of it all and would love to take photos and sketches of the temple and the figures, yours faithfully, elena:)

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    • editor | July 3, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      You can take photos outside temple and in grounds

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  • Siti Ratanadevi | June 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Please let me know what time is your pali morning chanting, at the weekend. Thanks.

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    • editor | July 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Our morning chanting is always at 8am. Gates do not open until 9am

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  • Wen | July 22, 2013 at 8:28 am

    is it both weekday and weekend can visit the temple ground and main temple inside? Thank you

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    • editor | October 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      The grounds are open 9am until 5pm the temple is open at weekends

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  • Peter Sage | August 21, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Please can you help me. I teach Buddhism to Year 9 girls at Benenden School and would like to bring them to your temple in the spring of 2014. The date I have in mind is Friday 21st March. Please would you let me know if this is possible. In the mean time I would like to visit your temple to see in advance what the girls would experience. I am free most Tuesdays if you could fit me in.
    It would be quite a large group of 89 girls aged 13-14 with at least 4 teachers.
    Many thanks

    Peter Sage

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  • Georgia Irvine | October 6, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Hi I am a 17 year old student. I would like to learn more about Buddhism but I don’t know how to other than books. I am a begginger so I don’t know much. What can I do ?

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    • editor | October 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      You can attend meditation classes

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  • KP Wong | October 11, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Please can you tell me what time we can go inside the temple? I would like to take my children to see the beautiful murals inside. Thank you.

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    • editor | October 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      At weekends the temple is open from 9am until 5pm

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  • Rozar | October 17, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Hello, I am a student filmmaker interested in doing some filming outside and possibly inside the temple with two other participants. I feel that this location is such an amazing work of architecture and I would be honoured to have permission to use the building as our backdrop. Many thanks.

    Regards,
    Rozar

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    • editor | October 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      You need to put your request in writing

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  • Lucy | January 10, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Hello, I would love to start coming here but I would like to know where you are. Also as I am a 12 year old would I be allowed to go to the sermans? Would I be able to go without an adult or would I have to go with an adult?
    Thank you

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    • editor | March 22, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      You are welcome, best to come with an adult

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  • Balnur | February 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Hello!
    I am interested in visiting temple and ask some questions regarding buddhism. Are you still available for visits?

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    • editor | March 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Yes you may visit

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  • Carla | February 26, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Hi,

    Please could you give me some information on your meditation classes. When can I attend? Do I have to book, or can I just turn up? Thank you

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    • editor | March 6, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Tues and Thurs at 7pm and Sat and Sun at 4pm. No booking needed

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  • swati singh | March 18, 2014 at 9:37 am

    where is your temple

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    • editor | March 19, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      14 Calonne road

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  • Steve Davey | March 19, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Swaddee Khrap,

    What day is Songkran this year and can non Thais visit the Temple and can I buy flowers at the temple and what times is the temple open.

    Thanks you

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    • editor | March 19, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      It is on 13th April. All are welcome

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  • Jodie Whileman | March 20, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Hi i’m interested to know if you carry out blessings for babys and what is the procedure?

    Thanks

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    • editor | March 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Yes we do. Come to the temple and the monk will perform blessing

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      • Ellie | September 28, 2014 at 6:27 pm

        Hi, I would love to come and have my baby blessed here also. She is 3 months old and half Thai. Can I just come and turn up any day for this or does it have to be a weekend? X

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        • editor | October 8, 2014 at 10:34 am

          Hello, you can come any day between 9am and 5pm

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  • Julie Hall | March 28, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hello I would like to come and visit the temple and light a candle for my fathers memory is this possible

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    • editor | March 28, 2014 at 6:54 pm

      Yes it is. The grounds are open daily from 9am to 6pm

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  • Anna Palla | April 1, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Hello, practical Buddhist meditation for 20 years and now I want to make a withdrawal indefinitely in a Buddhist monastery for women, you can tell me where to look? With respect and gratitude
    anna Italy

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    • editor | April 2, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      We don’t have residential nuns at this monastery.

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  • Julie Hall | May 26, 2014 at 8:54 am

    Hi do i just come to the temple and purchase a candle to light for my father how do i go about this is it only available weekends when the tempke is open.

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    • editor | May 27, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Hello, we are open from 9am to 5pm daily. You can light a candle in allocated place outside temple.

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  • Corrina Boisson | October 1, 2014 at 3:26 am

    Hello, my mother and I would like to visit your grounds and temple. I am aware that the grounds are open M-F 9am-5pm temple weekends only. My mother is partially disabled and I wondered if you could let me know if there are steps into the temple, if so how many and if there is anywhere within the grounds and temple that might not be suitable for someone with physical disabilities / walking difficulties. Many Thanks

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    • editor | October 8, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Hello, you are very welcome to visit, however there are steps leading to temple.

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  • paul williams | October 7, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I came by today and noticed small shrines in garden and small plates with names of people who have passed away.is it possible for me to bring a small plate and stick in the ground in remerance of my pal who recently died,thanks.

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    • editor | October 8, 2014 at 10:27 am

      They are to remember the deceased and are put there by family

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