Wat Ratchabophit


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With a fruit market at the side and schoolchildren playing in its grounds, this seldom-visited but fabulously ornate temple is most lively in late afternoon. Begun in 1869, it encloses the main chedi with a unique circular cloister encased in pastel Chinese porcelain, from which other buildings protrude. The small, inner chapel feels European, with Gothic columns and mother-of-pearl doors. The doors bear toy-like carvings of soldiers. In 2008, the King's sister's ashes were interred in the mausoleum for King Rama V's family.

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Wat Ratchabophit details

2 Thanon Fuang Nakhon

Area Phra Nakorn

Telephone 02 221 1888

Open Temple 5am-8pm daily. Bot 9-9.30am, 5.30-6pm daily; 8.45am-3.30pm religious hols.

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