Attraction Wat Prayoon Thammaram Lam Luk Ka District Pathum Thani Thái Lan Published on: 17-06-2016
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Why WAT PRAYOON is special ?
Wat Prayoon, or Wat Rua Lek, sits on the western side of the Chao Praya river bank. Built during King Rama III’s reign, the temple’s outstanding features include a large inverted bell shaped chedi (pagoda), turtle ‘mountain’ housing spirit houses and a pond where visitors can feed the turtles.
The temple is located on the Thonburi side, at the foot of Memorial Bridge (Saphan Phut). This area is on the southern edge of the old Portuguese community (Kuthi Jeen), an area designated to Portuguese merchants and government officials during the Early Rattanakosin Period (after Ayutthaya was destroyed and King Rama I founded a new capital in Thonburi).
What to explore at WAT PRAYOON?
As a Buddhist temple, Wat Prayoon features typical structures such as an ordination hall, assembly hall, meditation hall, chedi and library. But what sets Wat Prayoon apart from other temples is the bright red, 1.5m tall iron fence fashioned from ancient weapons, including lances, swords and axes. Upon reaching the foot of Saphan Phut, you cannot miss it. This fence once was a prominent feature inside the temple, but today only the section that leads from the gateway up to the white chedi remains.
Home to the Buddha’s relics, the bell-shaped chedi (Phra Boromthat Maha Chedi or Great Chedi) sits on an 80-metre base, surrounded by a porch and 18 satellite chedis. It is quite an impressive site, due to its size, height and architectural features. Next to the Great Chedi is a well-kept museum housing Buddha images, amulets and artifacts excavated from underneath the chedi during the 2006 restoration.
Turtle Mountain is another highlight at Wat Prayoon. Modelled after a mound of melted candle wax, this low-rise mount enshrines several spirit houses dedicated to the deceased. These miniature houses are quite elaborate, showcasing a mix of Eastern and Western architectural styles. The mount is surrounded by an artificial lake; it’s a pleasant area to take a rest and feed the turtles.
How to get to WAT PRAYOON?
Take a river taxi to Saphan Phut Pier, then walk on the bridge across the river and you will see the red iron fence at the foot of the bridge.
- A historical place
- Impressive site of the bell-shape Chedi.
- For temple lovers
- A beautifully tranquil place.
- An amazing spot in Bangkok
Wat Prayoon Thammaram Lam Luk Ka District Pathum Thani Thái Lan
Tips for you
It was easy to get to this Wat, take the Orange Express boat to Memorial Bridge, cross the road and go up the steps opposite to gain access to the bridge keep round with the pavement and use the bridge to cross over the river. At the end of the bridge you will see the white Chedi. Cross the road and the entrance is at the far end of the garden. It is surrounded by cast iron fences imported from England and presented to King Rama III for use in the Grand Palace. The fences, however, were not to the King's satisfaction so Phraya Prayurawong asked that they be used in a temple instead, and in their place, presented the King with a quantity of sugar equal to the iron in weight. There is a large white chedi which houses holy relics as well as the ashes of members of the Bunnag family. Near the main gate there is an artificial hill Khao Tao, on the top of which there is a small chapel and chedi. At the base of the hill there is a pool in which live many tortoises. Nearby is a memorial in the form of a cannon commemorating an incident in 1837 when a monk used a cracked cannon to make a fireworks display and the cannon exploded, causing the deaths of the monk and seven other people. The turtle pool is a beautifully tranquil place surrounded by a small well maintained gardens, at the entrance is a kiosk selling little pots of chopped bananas. Using a small stick tourists can feed the turtles without getting their fingers bitten! It sounds a bit "tacky" but it wasn't, we spent quite some time sitting in the shade enjoying the peace and quiet and watching perhaps half a dozen people feeding the turtles which appeared very appreciative. After the hustle and bustle of the main tourist sites, we think that these smaller wats are real gems. You can explore them and enjoy them without waiting for the crowds to take photos of each other posing in the foreground to the various sites! A further bonus here is that it is only a 10 minute walk to another isolated Wat. Wat Phitchaya Yatikaram is much bigger and has some really ornate buildings within its grounds. It is certainly worth visiting.