Church to Break Ground for Bangkok Thailand Temple in January 2019
- The groundbreaking ceremony for the Bangkok Thailand Temple will be on January 26, 2019.
“[The Bangkok Thailand Temple] will be a symbol of faith to tens of thousands of members of the Church throughout the region and their commitment to follow Jesus Christ.” —President Russell M. Nelson
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Bangkok Thailand Temple will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
The ceremony will be held at the temple site, which is located at 1645/6 New Phetchaburi Road Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400 Thailand.
Elder David F. Evans, Asia Area President, will preside at the ceremony. Attendance will be by invitation, and proceedings will be transmitted via the internet to designated Church meetinghouses within the proposed temple district.
The intent to construct the temple was announced April 5, 2015, by then Church President Thomas S. Monson.
The artistic rendering of the Bangkok Thailand Temple released on March 19, 2018, features a majestic 44,405-square-foot, six-story temple with multiple spires reaching heavenward. An additional 91,370-square-foot religious building will feature two religious meetinghouses, a service center, seminary and institute facilities, and mission offices and housing. Substantial underground parking is also planned at the site located on Petchaburi Road in the center of a residential and business area in Bangkok.
Construction of the Bangkok Thailand Temple is expected to take between three and four years. After construction of the temple is completed, open house dates will be announced and public tours conducted. A date for dedication will also be announced.
The Bangkok Thailand Temple will serve the more than 22,000 Latter-day Saints in Thailand as well as members in all of Southeast Asia. Before the temple was announced in April 2015, the nearest Church temple was in Hong Kong, over 1,000 miles away.
President Russell M. Nelson said that “the Bangkok Temple will be a blessing to all the people of this area. It will be a symbol of faith to tens of thousands of members of the Church throughout the region and their commitment to follow Jesus Christ. It will also stand as a reminder that God loves and cares for all of His children.”