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Wat Samphanthawong, Bangkok

In the Ayutthaya period this temple bare the name 'Wat Ko', which means Island Temple, as it was surrounded by a canal that was directly in contact with the Chao Phraya River.

In the Ayutthaya period this temple bare the name 'Wat Ko', which means Island Temple, as it was surrounded by a canal that was directly in contact with the Chao Phraya River. King Rama I turned it into a royal temple in 1796. King Rama IV gave the temple its current name after Prince Samphanthawong. Inside is a statue of Mara, with rows of golden Buddhas at the back.


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About Wat Samphanthawong

 Song Sawat Rd

Wat Samphanthawong and Nearby Sights on Map

Golden Buddha

Located in Wat Traimit, Golden Buddha is a 5500 kg gold statue, thought to be built around 13th-14th centuries

Wat Traimit

This temple is one of the highlights of Yaowarat, but is actually not part of China's cultural heritage

Chinese Shop Houses

Rows of stuccoed yellow Chinese shop houses are to be found here in a very serene environment

Wat Pathum Khongkha

Previously known as Wat Sampeng, this ancient monastery was founded in the Ayutthaya period

Tang Toh Kang Gold Shop

Chinatown is one of Bangkok's oldest districts and about 14% of the buildings have been designated as historical landmarks

Siam Commercial Bank Building

Instead of trying to find this building while walking, this Art Deco-style building is actually best seen from the Chao Phraya Express Boat

Song Wat Road

A century ago, this road was the centre of a rice trading industry

Bangkok Bank Building

Right across the road from the Tang To Kang gold shop, and actually quite similar to it, the Bangkok Bank Building is one of Bangkok's oldest commercial buildings

Chinatown

Yaowarat Road is home to Bangkok's Chinatown, which is noted for its authentic Chinese markets and eateries

Wat Maha Phruettharam

The exact origin of this temple is unknown, but it is believed to have originated from the early Rattanakosin era or late Ayutthaya period