Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram Ratcha Wara Maha Wihan or more commonly known as Wat Ratchabophit is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok. The temple was built during the reign of King Rama V.
Bangkok has tons and on that day it was my first time visiting Wat Ratchabophit. I decided to visit this temple because of the photos I saw in the internet.
Wat Ratchabophit is not far from Wat Suthat. Actually it is located in a walking distance from Wat Suthat.
When I first saw the temple through the gate, I was disappointed. The temple was under renovation. Well, I was already there, so I walked into the temple.
The gates of this temple are colorful and has images of watchman.
After stepping into the temple, I was impressed with its unique architecture and layout. Even if the temple was renovated, it is still beautiful.
Within the temple, it was quiet and calm. I saw only few tourist. I’m not sure why this temple is off the normal tourist trail, but for me it is worth visiting.
The entrance door looks beautiful from a far and up close.
The interior is different from other temples I have seen in Bangkok. It is decorated in Italian style.
After visiting ubosot, I then walked around the temple. If I am not wrong, I saw a sign telling that the renovation will finish end of this year (Dec, 2017). So, if you plan to visit Bangkok after that, I really recommend this place.
Not far from ubosot and chedi, there is the statue of King Rama 5 or King Chulalongkorn. Locals show their love and respect towards the King by putting the flower in front of the statue.
Update: July, 2017
Location & How to get there: Fueng Nakhon Road, Phra Nakhon District, Bangkok. The temple cannot be reached by both BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway. For the tourist, taxi is a recommended choice.
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: Daily 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dress Code: There is no dress code checking at this temple, but you should dress appropriately.
Have you ever been to Wat Ratchabophit? Do you like it there? Share your experience with me in the comment!