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"Wat Prayoon" Wat Prayoon Tip by mightywease

Wat Prayoon, Bangkok: 2 reviews and 7 photos

  Wat Prayoon
by mightywease
  • Wat Prayoon - Bangkok
      Wat Prayoon
    by mightywease
  • Turtles! - Bangkok
    by mightywease

Tucked away in the shadow of the Memorial Bridge Wat Prayoon is a temple complex surrounding a small artificial hill where models of houses – shrines to family members – are perched.

As well as been a very peaceful place to wander the main attraction of Wat Prayoon are the snapping turtles, which live in the ponds around the temple. For 10 baht (about £0.14) you can buy a plate of fruit or bread, borrow a long stick (to protect nips on fingers) watch them swim up and feed them.

The local belief is that doing so gains special merit. The oldest – their shells covered in moss – are old hands at this but it’s the younger ones – trying to keep from drifting off in the current –that’ll have you reaching over the water with your piece of fruit and braving falling in. Great fun for all ages!

Address: Soi 1, Thanon Thetsaban, Thornburi
Directions: Walk over Memorial Bridge then you should see the Pagoda on the right hand side. Two snapping turtle statues stand guard outsofde the entrance.
Open daily: 9am-6pm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 11, 2005
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