Previously known as Wat Sampeng, this ancient monastery was founded in the Ayutthaya period. It has been renovated during the reign of King Rama I by a rich Thai citizen, who gave the temple the current name. The main Buddhist image in the temple is in the subduing mara posture. The doors and windows are exquisitely decorated in with lacquered ornamentation in gold leaf patterns. Behind the temple is the Execution Stone, where King Rama III ordered the execution of Krommaluang Rak Ronnaret for planning a rebellion against him. The canal in front of the temple is a holy site as the ash of cremated members of the royal family and the royal elephants are scattered here. The temple has recently been completely restored, making the golden Buddha images look shinier than ever.
Song Wat Rd
Nearest Transit: MRT Hua Lamphong Station (Lines: Blue)
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