Wat Hua Lamphong is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok with its history dating back to the early Rattanakosin Period in 1917. Historians estimated that it was built during the reign of King Rama I to III and that the surrounding community was descendants of those from the former capital city, Ayutthaya. Hundreds of visitors come to pray and make merits at this temple by donating money to save livestock from slaughter and to arrange for a coffin for the deceased without relatives. Thai people believe that such virtue will help strengthen their lives and promote good fortune. The temple is open 24 hours a day.