In April, most people will think of Songkran Festival as they can enjoy water splashing, pay respect to the elderly in the family or go to the temple to purify body and soul. Therefore, SongFangKlong would like to provide the 9 remarkable temples along Chao Phraya River for your advanced planning destination on this coming Songkran Day.
1. Wat Samphraya
Starting with Wat Samphraya, this temple has been located in Bang Khunprom – Samphraya area. It was rebuilt during the reign of King Rama III by Phraya Ratchasuphawadee (Pan), Phraya Theporachoon and Phraya Piphitphosai after King Rama III had restored the important pieces of art such as the church and chapel inspired by Chinese art which in turn reflects the perfect artistry harmony.
2. Wat Rajadhivas
This temple, which was constructed since the early Rattanakosin period, had been where King Rama IV resided when he was ordained. It is renowned in its distinguished artistry especially the temple hall, which is so noticeable, was designed by Krom Phraya Narissara Nuwattiwong, the important architect who designed various major architectural works. There’s a belief that anyone who come to pay respect to the Buddha Image in this temple will gain great fortune as a king.
3. Wat Rakang Kositaram
Formerly known as Wat Bang Wa Yai, the name had been changed to Wat Rakang Kostitaram when an ancient bell was found under the base of the temple hall. The major architectural art here is Phra Prang and Phra Viharn that were built in the late Ayutthaya period. Not only paying respect to Buddha Image, Thai people also like to release the birds and fishes at this temple with the belief that making merit at Wat Rakang will make them famous as the echo sound of the bell.
4. Wat Arun Ratchawararam
Used to be called Wat Chaeng, this temple has a long history since Ayutthaya era. The evidence can be traced from artistry design of the former temple hall situated in front of Phra Prang that was rebuilt in King Rama II and finished in King Rama III. This temple is also considered as one of Thailand’s most important temples where the Emerald Buddha use to be enshrined. Anyone who comes to worship at Wat Arun believes to have the eternity glorious life.
5. Wat Kalayanamitr
The temple was reestablished in the reign of King Rama III by Chaophraya Nikonbodin or Chao Sua Toa who dedicated this temple to be a royal monastery. The outstanding architectural building in this temple is the great church where Buddha Image called Phraputtha Trirattanayok or Luang Por Sumporkong has been enshrined. Besides, the interior design is the mixture of Thai and Chinese art. This temple is so eye-catching from Chao Phraya River.
6. Wat Prayurawongsawas
Cruising towards the South of the river, we will notice the gigantic bell shape pagoda located near Phra Phutthayodfa Bridge. This pagoda is situated in Wat Prayurawongsawas that was built in the reign of King Rama III by the important noble family “Bunnag”. The Pagoda itself was built with hollow technique which reflects the advanced mechanic ability on that period.
7. Wat Pathumkongka
This temple is not as much well-known as other temples even though it was built since Ayutthaya period and had been repaired and renovated from time to time along Rattanakosin era. The major artistry is the temple hall in which the fine unique Buddha image has been enshrined. Besides, since the name of the temple is quite similar to Kongka River in India, people like to float the bone ash of their love ones in the river in front of this temple as in the Hindu belief that the deceased would be in heaven.
8. Wat Yannawa
According to the temple’s history, it was built in Ayutthaya period and was called Wat Khok Krabue. The name has been changed and given by King Rama III after the cement traditional Chinese junk ship was constructed to enshrine the new pagoda in the temple. The reason why the ship was built was there were a lot of Western sailing ships during his reign, King Rama III was afraid that this kind of Chinese ship would be bygone. As from his quote, “If people in the future would like to know how the traditional Chinese junk ship looks like, they can come and see.”. Anyone who come to pay respect at Wat Yannawa, they will be blessed for their prosperous business and being wealthy.
9. Wat Rat Singkhon
The last temple of these recommended 9 remarkable temples along Chao Phraya River is Wat Rat Singkhon. This temple is the mixture between Thai and Chinese art which has been shown from the temple hall and viharn. There is a great Buddha image enshrined in viharn called Luang Por Daeng that had been moved from Ayutthaya. While moving Luang Por Daeng, the raft was broken and this Buddha image was sunk to the bottom of Chao Phraya River for years. Therefore, the Buddha image has been filled with rust when he was savaged from the river. And, that’s why he was called Luang Por Daeng due to the color of rust all-over him.
For those who are interested in visiting these 9 temples in the upcoming Songkran Day, you can easily follow the route of this blog. But for those who are interested to see these temples from a different angle along with enjoying the atmosphere of Bangkok at night, we "SongFangKlong" are pleased to guide you to these remarkable architectural and historical heritage in the way you never experienced before.