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WatTampaInEnglish is the unofficial web site for Wat Tampa (Wat Mongkolratanaram)

Dogs are welcome at the Sunday Market but please don't bring them onto the deck where the food is served.

The Sunday Market is held every Sunday, come rain or shine, from about 8:30am until 1:00 pm. Some booths may run out of food earlier. Come join us for great food & view in a family friendly setting!

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The "Enhance Your Life Ceremony" is held at Wat Tampa yearly - usually in mid-December.  The December 17, 2017 ceremony was held two times: 1:00pm and 3:00pm.  The cermony includes Monks chant blessings and chanting birthday blessings.  You must reserve a seat at one of the two times by calling the Temple at 813-621-1169 or email at .  There is a $20 donation for each participant.  Seating is limited so if you would like to attend please contact the Temple at the phone or email above and register for one of the two ceremonies: 1:00pm or 3:00pm.  If you attend you must dress in all white clothing.

The Wat Tampa Sunday Market will NOT be open on Sunday, Spetember 10, 2017 due to Hurricane Irma.  Please stay SAFE during this weather event!

We expect to reopen the following week.  Thank you for understanding.


NOTE:  This article and pictures were derived from the official 35th Anniversary history.

The main objectives for establishing Mongkolratanaram of Florida as a center of Buddhist teaching:
1.  Teaching Thai Buddhism meditation
2. As a center to show Thai culture and Thai customs
3. A school to teach Thai language and to teach Thai Buddhism on Sundays
4. As a center to help Thais to communicate and improve relationships with government offices in the United States and other nations
5. As a center to help spreading Buddhist.

The Celebration

Picture of Monks



Hall 1a

Hall 2a


Picture of Monks 2

 Dock 1

Dock 2

Pictures from the early years

1a History

Trees Resized

History 3

History 4

Original Temple 1


The Main Temple (Ubosoth)

The Main Temple (Ubosoth) was built in 2005.  It was dedicated to His Majesty the King of Thailand to commemorate His Majesty‚Äôs 80th Birthday.  Thais and Americans have joined together to build this Main Temple in honor of His Majesty the King.  The Main Building is modeled in the architectural style of Thai Modern Ayutthaya architecture.  The width is 32 feet, 89 feet in length, and 35 feet in height.  The front tympanum (gable) of the building (facing North) has an emblem of Her Majesty and the back tympanum (gable) has the emblem of Her Majesty the Queen.

New Temple1

  New Temple 2

 The Sunday Market

The Sunday Market was offically started in 1993.  Sunday Market was operated by both This and American volunteers.  You can get Thai food, Thai fruits & vegtables, at a reasonable price. The proceeds are donated to the Templeto use in spreading the Thai Buddhist teachings and meditation.

Sunday Market 1

 Traditional Event Calendar

The Temple celebrates a number of Thai cultural and Buddhist holidays.  The major celebrations which are listed on the home page of this web site and are open to the public.

Celebrations 1

 Buddhasilpa School

The Buddhasilpa School was established in 1984.  The scholl is held over the summer break and is taught by teachers sent from Thailand by various universities.  The curriculum includes Thai language, Thai culture, and Thai traditions.


This article was prepared by Wat Tampa.

Buddhist chanting is one of the most important activities practiced in Buddhism. It not only serves as a means for Buddhist to learn and embrace the teachings of the Buddha, but it also serves to train the mind and body to concentrate and be at peace amidst the business that exists in human lives.

Traditional Thai chanting is performed in Pali, the original language found in the Theravada Buddhist scriptures.  It is thought to be the best way to pay respect to the Buddha and the Triple Gem, the symbol of Buddhism.

Thai Buddhist practice daily chanting at home every morning and evening.  On special holidays, Thais will attend temples in order to practice longer versus of chanting and receive Buddhist teachings.

The Monks at Wat Mongkolratanaram lead Buddhist chanting every Sunday afternoon for one hour followed my meditation.  We welcome everybody who would like to join us in this practice.  We have chanting books in Thai and English for those who are interested in joining us.

We have provided two common verses of Buddhist chanting that Thai's practice on a daily basis and the English interpretation.  Please join us in Buddhism chanting today and feel free to ask any questions.

Editors Notes:

1. The English chanting books include English phonetics and English language translation of the chants,

2.  The daily practice chants are in the Buddhist Daily Chanting menu option on the Buddhism menu.



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