Wat Ratchabophit

Attraction Atsadang Road, Bangkok, Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016

1 hour
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
10:00 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Cultural
Historic
Free
Architecture
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Wat Ratchabophit is the former palace where the ashes of many Thai royal family are still kept. It's also conveniently located near some of the main tourist destination in Thailand (The Grand Palace and Wat pho).

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Why Wat Ratchabophit is special ?

Wat Ratchabophit features the combination of Thai architecture and Western-style interior. The King also gave its name Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram meaning a temple built by the King (Ratchabophit) with 8 stone pillars on 8 directions (Sathit Maha Simaram).

Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram is considered as the last royal temple the King built according to the royal tradition that each monarch must have his own temple of his reign.

What to explore at Wat Ratchabophit?

The principal Buddha Image is represented on an Italian marble pedestal. It was casted from the reign of Rama IV until the early of Rama V with the gold Rama IV had used when he was young.

King Rama IV first suggested that the image be placed in Phra Pathommachedi. Unfortunately, he passed away so King Rama V had it installed as the principal Buddha image in the Phra Ubosot of Wat Ratchabophit on 12th September 1872.

Furthermore, Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram is also home to the Royal Cemetery located on the west end of the temple grounds. King Rama V wanted it to be the place where the ashes of the descendants and it was dedicated to the Queen, his wives, mother, sons, and daughters. The memorials are so varied in architecture from Thai Khmer Viharn, Chedis, and Prangs to Khmer to Gothic. They are located in a garden with many plants and flowers. The important memorials are four golden Chedis lined up from Norh to South.

Source: http://www.tourismthailand.org/

How to get to Wat Ratchabophit?

Probably the best way of getting to Wat Ratchabophit is Express Boat – the temple is a short distance from Tha Thien pier, just past Wat Pho and Saranrom Park. A taxi from central Bangkok will cost around 80-90 Baht.

The following buses will get you to the areas around Wat Pho:

Bus Number: 1, 25, 44, 47, 62, 44, 47 and 91 all stop close to the temple

Air-conditioned Bus Number: 6, 8 and 12

Source: http://www.discoverythailand.com/

Selling points

  • A real temple, no tourists, in the center of Bangkok.
  • Decorative tiles and a Royal cemetery
  • A real gem that must not be missed!
  • A temple with a Royal cemetery
  • Amazing architecture
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Temples are communal places where lots of things happen. In the tourist top ten temples of Bangkok, it's mostly cameras. As soon as you have to pay an entrance fee, you know that it may be beautiful, but it's no longer a communal place like it should be. In this temple, which is really beautiful in its own right, we saw a group of musicians practising (and letting our children try the instruments) and a table tennis tournament with rocks instead of nets on the tables.Go see some of the top attractions, and then go see a quiet temple like this one. Then decide what you like best.

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If you love the temples in Bangkok but not the crowds then seek out Wat Ratchabophit in the heart of the Old Town of Bangkok. Stunningly beautiful. We were there in late afternoon and were the only visitors watching the temple light up in the setting sun. So serene and so lovely. Not as spectacular as Wat Pho or Wat Arun, at Wat Ratchabophit you'll feel like you're in a much loved neighborhood place of worship. A very beautiful and special place.

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Находится недалеко от Королевского дворца, но очень тихое и красивое место. Храм великолепен, как снаружи, так и внутри. Так получилось, что мы зашли не с главного входа, а с улицыThanon Fuang Nakhon, и оказались во внутренней части храмового комплекса, потом уже вышли непосредственно к храму. Мы вели себя тихо, и нас не выгнали очень красиво: особенно обратите внимание на перламутровую отделку на стенах.

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Temples are communal places where lots of things happen. In the tourist top ten temples of Bangkok, it's mostly cameras. As soon as you have to pay an entrance fee, you know that it may be beautiful, but it's no longer a communal place like it should be. In this temple, which is really beautiful in its own right, we saw a group of musicians practising (and letting our children try the instruments) and a table tennis tournament with rocks instead of nets on the tables.

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