Wat Niwet Thammaprawat was built in 1878 in the reign of King Rama V. The king was fascinated by western architecture during his visits to Europe, so he had this royal temple constructed in western style. For the first time, people of Siam had a chance to see a religious building in another culture.
This unique buddhist temple is located on a small island. The interior of the main chapel is impressive with its marble floors, stained glass, and beautiful decorations. The church-like exterior makes it stand out among other monastery buildings. Several European style buildings are currently used as offices, residence for monks, and also a school where the monks receive their formal and religious education.