"A temple dedicated to King Rama IV" Wat Ratchapradit Tip by genie47

Wat Ratchapradit, Bangkok: 4 reviews and 8 photos

  Wat Ratchapradit as you enter the main gate
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  • Wat Ratchapradit as you enter the main gate - Bangkok
      Wat Ratchapradit as you enter the main gate
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  • Chofahs of the temple - Bangkok
      Chofahs of the temple
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  • The ubosot - Bangkok
      The ubosot
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  • The ornate windows from outside - Bangkok
      The ornate windows from outside
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  • The gold statue of King Rama IV in the prang - Bangkok
      The gold statue of King Rama IV in the prang
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Betcha didn't know about this little temple, eh? The full name of ths temple is Wat Ratchapradit Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan. I know it is a mouthful and the official name of Bangkok is a mouthful as well instead of the shortened Krung Thep.

In this temple are some really interesting artifacts. Some of King Rama IV's ashes are stored at the base of the Buddha. There is a prang that is entirely dedicated to him. Some gifts to King Rama IV (Monkhut) when he was coronated are housed here. French floor lamps, street lamps from England, a German floor standing clock that is still ticking and French ceiling lamps.

There are murals on the ubosot interior. They depict royal ceremonies and a solar eclipse of which Rama IV calculated would be overhead Bangkok. It is still undergoing restoration.

If you are armed with a GPS, it is at Latitude: 13.749577, Longitude: 100.495516

Address: Rachini Road
Directions: Take the BTS to Taksin Bridge Station and get a ferry ticket to Tha Thien. You can either walk to the temple or hail a tuk tuk for a short ride. Should cost you around THB20 and no more.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 10, 2008
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