"When I first came here as a novice 30 years ago, this area was peaceful and quiet. It was called the forest temple, and people came here to relax and practice meditation," said Phra Kru Sri Wisankun.
"It was built by King Rama IV almost 150 years ago, near the site of the old palace. There were no other buildings - it was surrounded by rice fields. At first people would come here by boat along the canal."